Road To Rio; Africa Female Elite Wrestlers to light up 2016 Rio Olympics

Marwa Amri (63Kg)

Marwa AMRI (Tunisia) and Laure Annabel Ali (Cameroon) made it three Olympic Games in a row Saturday with key semifinal victories at the Africa-Oceania qualifying tournament for this summer’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Amri fashioned a technical fall over Africa champion at 63kg Aminat Adeniyi (NGR), capping her victory with a go-behind and gut wrench combination at 4:21 of the 58kg final.

She earlier combined a fireman’s carry and gut wrench to open up an 8-1 lead over local favorite Rabia Lamalsa (ALG) midway through their 58kg semifinal at Mohamed Boudiar Olympic Complex.

The eight-time Africa champion secured her ticket for Rio de Janiero with a double-leg takedown and then a penalty from Lamalsa for a 13-3 victory at 4:31.

All-Africa Games gold medalist Ali Annabel, meanwhile, turned away Blessing Joy Onyebuchi (NGR), 4-3, in the semifinals at 75kg a rematch of their championship final in Brazzaville last September.

Laure Annabel

Ali Annabel’s win denied Nigeria a chance to grab a sixth ticket in women’s wrestling for Rio 2016.

Africa champion Isabelle Sambou (SEN) punched her ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday with a pair of falls and first place in the women’s 53kg weight category at the Africa-Oceania qualifying tournament.

Isabella Sambou

Sambou also notched a technical fall and a 9-0 win over Maroi MEZIEN (TUN) to finish her day with a perfect 4-0 record and a return to the Olympic Games after finishing in fifth place at London 2012.

Seven (7) times Africa Champion; Blessing Oborududu despite losing narrowly to Hela Riabi (Tunisia) by 8-7 will make her second Olympics appearance.

Blessing Oborududu (63Kg) at the 2015 Africa Championship

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