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Grapplers fight for places
- Updated: September 14, 2011
South Africa are currently in action at the senior World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul, Turkey and Commonwealth Games medallist Bella Lufa Hugues opened the mat for SA with a fine performance.
The world’s leading grapplers are out to earn qualifying places for next year’s Olympics in London and Hugues won the first round 1-0 against David Vala of the Czech Republic, but according to team manager, Anna Addinall, became too eager to win the match and lost the last two rounds both 0-1.
He was placed 29th of the 44 participants in the Greco-Roman 96kg category. David Vala was placed 22nd. The gold medal was won by Guri Elis of Bulgaria and the silver went to Jimmy Lindberg of Sweden.
The championships continue through the week until Sunday 18 September and 900 competitors representing 104 nations travelled to Istanbul with the intention to win the first qualification places for the 2012 Games.
Indeed, the first six in each Olympic weight category will secure a quota place for their country. At the end of the Championship, the nationality of the first 108 participants in the Games will be known with 42 qualified wrestlers in freestyle, 42 in Greco-Roman, and 24 in female wrestling.
Other South African wrestlers who will take part in the tournament are:
Etienne van Huyssteen 96kg. ÔÇô (competition day ÔÇô17 September)
Heinrich Barnes ÔÇô Freestyle 66kg ÔÇô (competition day ÔÇô 18 Sep)
Richard Addinall ÔÇô Freestyle 74kg ÔÇô (competition day ÔÇô 18 Sep)