The 2017 World Wrestling Championships came to a close on Saturday 26 August in Paris, France with the Commonwealth’s top wrestlers delivering impressive performances.
After a week of takedowns, Commonwealth athletes in the women’s freestyle competition were rewarded with podium finishes.
Canada’s Michelle Fazzari won her first World Championship medal, securing bronze in the 58kg category over Sweden’s Elin Nilsson 7-0.
In the 75kg category, it took just over four minutes for Canada’s Justina Di Stasio to secure her bronze medal, holding China’s Paliha Paliha to the fall at 4:36.
Based on their world championships performances, Nigeria and Canada have shaped up to be the countries to beat at GC2018.
G2014 bronze medallist and dual Olympian Blessing Oborududu just missed out on a medal, going down to Colombia’s Jackeline Castillo 7 – 8 in the 63kg bronze medal match.
Whilst India’s hopefuls Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat didn’t progress past the second round, the Commonwealth medallists are sure to be looking to bounce back at GC2018.
The efforts of the Commonwealth women were only overshadowed by Japan, who dominated the competition, taking gold in the 48kg, 55kg, 60kg and 69kg divisions and winning the team title with 60 points.
At next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast six weight divisions will be represented in the women’s competition at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, including 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg and 75kg.
Closing out the men’s competition in the French capital was the 97kg final with two 21-year-olds going head-to-head. American Kyle Snyder clinched the gold medal in the final 30 seconds, taking down Russia’s Abdulrashid Sadulaev 6-5.
There were no Commonwealth podium finishes in the men’s divisions, with Australia’s Connor Evans producing the best performance.
After being defeated in the first round by silver medallist Khetik Tsabolov, Evans was given another life in the competition, stepping onto the mat for a close repechage match against Israel’s Hanoc Rachami.
Evans pushed Rachami all the way, however lost his match by technical points VPO1 11 – 11.
GC2018 Ambassador Liam Neyland was knocked out in the qualification round by Gor Ogannesyan of Ukraine, leaving the Australian with an appetite for victory at wrestling’s next major event, GC2018.
Men will contest the 57kg, 65kg, 74kg, 86kg, 97kg and 125kg divisions at GC2018.