Batirov and Ketoev Got the Licenses to Rio 2016 Olympic Games at 1st World OG Qualifier

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Batirov and Ketoev Got the Licenses to Rio 2016 Olympic Games at 1st World OG Qualifier

ULAANBAATAR (April 24) – Two former Russia Wrestling National Team members Adam Batirov and Georgi Ketoev got the licenses for Bahrain and Armenia to be at the Olympic Games at their weight categories at the 1st World Olympic Games Qualifier in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Younger brother of the 2-x Olympic Champion Mavlet Batirov, Asia champion and former Russian national team member Adam BATIROV (BRN) racked up five wins on Sunday to add Bahrain to the list of countries sending wrestlers to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Batirov rolled over 2014 world silver medalist Yakup GOR (TUR), 7-2, in the 65kg semifinals to book Bahrain’s place at Rio 2016, then fashioned a 3-1 win over Zurabi IAKOBISHVILI (GEO) for the tournament title.
With Batirov’s triumph, Bahrain will send its first-ever wrestler to the Olympic Games since first competing at the summer Olympic Games in 1984.

Beijing 2008 bronze medalist for Russia Georgi KETOEV (ARM) made his international debut for Armenia by winning a ticket to Rio 2016 at 97kg, coming from behind with a four-point back-arching throw in the final for a 4-3 win over Magomed IBRAGIMOV (UZB).

The 2nd World Olympic Games qualifying tournament will be in Istanbul, where the countries will have the last chance to reserve the spots at the Rio 2016 wrestling events. The 2nd qualifier will be held May 6-8.

1st World OG Qualifier Results

The first three wrestlers in each weight category got the OG licenses for their national teams.
Freestyle Wrestling

57kg (18 entries)

1. Ivan GUIDEA (ROM)
2. Mirjalal HASANZADE (AZE)
3. Sandeep TOMAR (IND)

65kg (27 entries)

3. Yakup GOR (TUR)

74kg (25 entries)

2. Georgi IVANOV (BUL)
3. Evgheni NEDEALCO (MDA)

86kg (23 entries)

1. Jayden COX (USA)
3. Zbigniew BARANOWSKI (POL)

97kg (20 entries)

1. Georgi KETOEV (ARM)
2. Magomed IBRAGIMOV (UZB)
3. Nicolae CEBAN (MDA)

125kg (17 entries)

1. DENG Zhiwei (CHN)
2. Daniel LIGETI (HUN)
3. Robert BARAN (POL)

Results by: United World Wrestling

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