Not less than six (6) of the twelve (12) female wrestlers from Africa and Oceania who competed in the London 2012 Games, are on the entry lists for the qualifier scheduled for this weekend.
Among these, Laure Ali Annabel (CMR) and Marwa Amri (TUN) enjoy the rare distinction of already being two-time Olympians, seeking their third trip to the Olympic Games.
Ali Annabel, who owns five African championship crowns, won the All-African Games gold medal last September, but fell to Samar Hamza (EGY) at 75kg in the continental meet in early March.
Blessing Oborududu (NGR) and Hela Riabi (TUN) will make 63kg intriguing with All-Africa Games champion Oborududu challenged by 60kg AAG gold medalist Riabi. Add Oceania champion Tayla Ford (NZL), a ninth-place finisher in Las Vegas, to the mix along with Pacific runner-up Stevie Kelly (AUS).
Eight-time Africa champion Marwa Amri, an eighth-place finisher in London, has been one of the top women’s wrestlers this Olympic cycle with top 10 finishes at each of the last three world championships at 55kg briefly holding the No.1 world ranking in 2014.
Entered at 58kg, Amri will likely face the challenge of All-African Games champion Aminat Adeniyi (NGR), dropping in from 63kg where she won the African championships crown.
Isabelle Sambou (SEN) has moved up from 48kg to 53kg, where she has been overshadowed by Adekuoroye. But, with the world bronze medalist on the sidelines, Sambou should be able to snare a second trip to the Games and a chance to improve on her fifth place in London.