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2019 World Championships: 62kg Women’s Freestyle Preview

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photo courtesy of Richard Immel

Women’s Freestyle 62kg Preview

Days of competition: Preliminaries-Semifinals: Thursday, September 19th; Finals: Friday, September 20th

Seeds: #1 Taybe Yusein (Bulgaria), #2 Lais Nunes de Oliveira (Brazil), #3 Yukako Kawai (Japan), #4 Marianna Sastin (Hungary)

US Entry: Kayla Miracle

One of the rising stars of the women’s team, Kayla Miracle, has made her first world team. Miracle has always been one of the top age-group wrestlers in the world, but she has taken her game to another level since moving to train at the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, about a year ago. Kayla narrowed missed out on the world team last year and watched her Final X State College opponent, Mallory Velte, go on to earn a bronze medal in Budapest. That medal allowed Velte to wait in Final X Lincoln for an opponent this year. Miracle blew through the field at the US Open with a fall and three techs and no points scored against her to sit in the finals of the World Team Trials. There Miracle met her Open finals opponent Desiree Zavala where she needed less than two minutes combined, to rack up a pin and a tech fall. That set the stage for a Final X rematch with Velte. There were no doubts about who the world team spot belonged to as Kayla turned the tables on Velte and won 12-2 and 4-0 to punch her ticket to Nur-Sultan. Since that time, Miracle has gone to Peru and captured a gold medal at the Pan-American Games. There she would log wins over a former Olympic medalist and the #2 seed at this World Championships. Despite this being Kayla’s first Senior-level World Championship, she has to be on the shortlist of gold medal contenders. This weight class does have three former world champions in the field, so there are plenty of talented women standing in Miracle’s path to the top step of the podium. 

Favorites:

Yusein – Two-time European Champion, Three-time Dan Kolov/Nikola Petrov silver medalist, 2018 World Champion, 2018 Yasar Dogu Champion, 2018 Dan Kolov/Nikola Petrov champion, 2017 Three-time European silver medalist, 2016 Olympian, Two-time World bronze medalist, Two-time World silver medalist, 2011 Junior World Champion, Two-time Junior World bronze medalist

Nunes de Oliveira – 2019 Pan-American Champion, Two-time Pan-American Games bronze medalist, 2019 Yasar Dogu bronze medalist, 2019 Grand Prix of Spain bronze medalist, 2018 World fifth-place, 2016 Olympian

Kawai – 2019 Asian silver medalist, 2018 U23 World Champion, 2018 World silver medalist, 2014 Cadet World bronze medalist

Sastin – Two-time Alexander Medved Champion, 2019 Yasar Dogu silver medalist, Five-time European bronze medalist, Three-time World fifth-place, Three-time Olympian, 2015 European Games Champion, 2013 World Champion, 2015 World silver medalist

Yuliia Tkach (Ukraine) – 2019 European Games Champion, Two-time World bronze medalist, 2017 World silver medalist, Three-time European bronze medalist, Three-time Olympian, 2016 European silver medalist, 2015 European Games silver medalist, 2015 Klippan Lady Open Champion, 2014 World Champion, Two-time European Champion, 2007 Junior World Champion

Kayla Miracle (USA) – 2019 Pan-American Games Champion, Two-time World U23 fifth-place, 2019 Klippan Lady Open Champion, 2016 Junior World bronze medalist, 2014 Junior World bronze medalist, 2012 Cadet World silver medalist

Medal Contenders

Elmira Gambarova (Azerbaijan) – 2019 European Games silver medalist, 2019 City of Sassari silver medalist, 2019 European bronze medalist

Xiaojuan Luo (China) – Two-time Asian Champion, 2018 Asian silver medalist

Jackeline Renteria Castillo (Colombia) – 2017 World bronze medalist, Three-time Olympian, Two-time World fifth-place, 2006 Junior World silver medalist

Luisa Niemesch (Germany) – 2018 World U23 bronze medalist, 2017 World fifth-place, 2016 Olympian, 2014 Junior World silver medalist, 2012 Cadet World silver medalist

Sakshi Malik (India) – Three-time Asian bronze medalist, 2017 Asian silver medalist, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 2010 Junior World bronze medalist

Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyzstan) – 2019 Dan Kolov/Nikola Petrov silver medalist, Three-time Asian Champion, 2018 Asian Games silver medalist, 2018 Yasar Dogu silver medalist, 2017 World bronze medalist, 2017 Ivan Yarygin Champion, 2016 Olympic fifth-place, 2015 Asian silver medalist, 2013 Junior World bronze medalist, 2012 Olympian

Mariia Kuznetsova (Russia) – 2019 European Games bronze medalist, 2019 European bronze medalist, Two-time European U23 Champion, 2019 Ivan Yarygin Champion, 2018 World U23 bronze medalist, 2015 Junior World bronze medalist

Henna Johansson (Sweden) – 2019 City of Sassari Champion, Two-time Yasar Dogu Champion, 2019 Dan Kolov/Nikola Petrov Champion, 2019 Klippan Lady Open Champion, Two-time Olympian, 2014 World fifth-place, 2012 European Champion, 2009 Junior World Champion, 2019 Junior World bronze medalist

Marwa Amri (Tunisia) – 10x African Champion, 2017 World silver medalist, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, Three-time Olympian

2018 Medalists:

Gold: Taybe Yusein (Bulgaria)

Silver: Yukako Kawai (Japan)

Bronze: Yuliia Tkach (Ukraine)

Bronze: Mallory Velte (USA)

2019 Medal Predictions

Gold: Taybe Yusein (Bulgaria)

Silver: Yuliia Tkach (Ukraine)

Bronze: Kayla Miracle (USA)

Bronze: Marianna Sastin (Hungary)

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