Road to Rio; Kratysh becomes 1st ever Israeli female wrestler to qualify for the games

Ilana Kratysh

Ilana Kratysh (ISR) came from behind for a semifinal triumph at 69kg to become the first female wrestler from Israel to qualify for the Olympic Games.

The European Games silver medalist tripped up Tamyra Mensah (USA) for four points early in the second period of their semifinal bout and then held on for a 6-5 victory that ensured her of a berth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Kratysh, who has been the runner-up in European continental meets the last four years, was eliminated in the first round of the European qualifier last week in Zrenjanin, Serbia.

However, the second day of the first world Olympic Games qualifying tournament in Ulaanbaatar, Kratysh opened with a fall in the quarterfinals, then held on for the win after an throwing Mensah with one of her favorite leg techniques from judo, osotogari or great outer reap.

In Saturday evening’s tournament finals, Kratysh squares off with Pan American championships bronze medalist Maria ACOSTA ACOSTA (VEN), who grabbed Venezuela’s third ticket to Rio 2016 for the women in the other semifinal.


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