This is the weight category which gave India its only medal at 2018 World Wrestling Championship in the women category. Pooja Dhanda announced her entry in the world of wrestling by winning bronze medal in the category at Budapest. But surprisingly Dhanda lost out her place to Sarita Mor in the World Championship trials conducted by Wrestling Federation of India. With experienced Dhanda absent from the line-up it will be extremely challenging for her replacement Sarita to defend the medal won at the last world championship in the 57 kg category. The line-up is full of past and present champions in this weight.
Rong Remains Atop 57kg Rankings
Perhaps the deepest weight class at this year’s World Championships will be 57kg. The weight is stuck in a head-to-head battle with 76kg for women’s wrestling supremacy. With the Olympic under a year away, this weight has seen wrestlers flock in from several different weight classes.
RONG Ningning (CHN) ascended to the top of the 57kg podium last year and outside of dropping the U23 world finals, she’s maintained her gasp on the weights No.1
This season, Rong is undefeated and has claimed titles at the Asian Championships, Klippan Lady Open and the Dan Kolov.
Can Bullen Match U23 World With Senior World Title?
Grace BULLEN (NOR), last year’s fifth-place finisher at the World Championships, comes into Nur-Sultan as the second seed. She’s the only wrestler to defeat Rong since the Chinese wrestler won her Budapest world title. Bullen, who was defeated by Rong in the Budapest world semifinals, 12-2, exacted her revenge on the Chinese wrestler with a late four-point in the closing seconds of the U23 world finals to reach the top of the world podium for the first time in her career.
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Adekuoroye After Another World Medal
Odunayo ADEKUOROYE (NGR) and Emese BARKA (HUN) earned the third and fourth seeds, respectively.
In 2017, The “Dancing Queen” joined Marwa AMRI (TUN) as the first woman from the continent of African to reach a gold-medal bout at the World Championships. She fell in the world finals in 2017 and finished in ninth place in 2018. The Nigerian has got back to her winning ways since that ninth-place finish last season. This season, Adekuoroye won her fifth African title and the Yasar Dogu and capped off the Dan Kolov with a bronze medal, only dropping her semifinals match to Rong, 6-4.
Kawai Looking for Fourth Straight World or Olympic Title
While Risako Kawai held the top-ranking at 59kg after winning her world title in Budapest, she has since dropped to 57kg and does not have the ranking points at her new weight class to earn a top-four ranking in Nur-Sultan. Kawai earned her spot on the Japanese team by defeating four-time Olympian champion and 10-time world champion Kaori ICHO. She was one of four Olympic champions for Japan in 2016. She followed up her Rio gold with world titles in 2017
Yesilirmak Returns to World Looking to Better 2018 Silver Medal Finish
Elif Jale YESILIRMAK (TUR) will look to win her first world title after finishing with a silver a year ago. She was a bronze medalist at this year’s European Championships. In 2018, Yesilirmak won gold at the European Championships before making a run to the finals of the World Championships where she lost to Kawai. She missed 2017