Algeria claimed four of the remaining 12 places on offer at the United World Wrestling (UWW) African and Oceania Olympic qualifier, on the final day of competition at Hammamet in Tunisia.
Action took place in the men’s freestyle 57 kilograms, 65kg, 74kg, 86kg, 97kg and 125kg categories.
As has been the case throughout the event, the two wrestlers to reach the gold medal final in each category booked their places at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In the 57kg category, Olympic places went to Diamantino Iuna Fafe of Guinea-Bissau and Abdelhak Kherbache of Algeria, who reached the gold medal final, which Iuna Fafe won by fall.
Bronzes went to Kossai Ajimi of Tunisia who beat Junjun Asebias of Micronesia 2-0 and Chakir Ansari of Morocco who overcame Gamal Abdelnaser Hanafy Mohamed of Egypt 16-14.
In the 65kg category, Olympic berths went to Adama Diatta of Senegal and Haithem Dakhlaoui of Tunisia who reached the gold medal final, which Diatta won after the contest finished 1-1.
The bronze medals went to Reynhardt Louw of South Africa who comprehensively beat Aime Mbolalalaina Joel Rakotoniaina of Madagascar 11-0 and Fathi Tarek Fathi Attia Ismail of Egypt who overcame Mostafa Rezaeifar of Australia 10-4.
Tokyo 2020 places went to Amr Reda Ramadan Hussen of Egypt and Augusto Midana of Guinea-Bissau, who reached the gold medal match in the 74kg category.
The final itself went to Hussen who ran out a comfortable 10-0 winner.
Bronze medals went to Ayoub Barraj of Tunisia who beat Algeria’s Ishak Boukhors by fall and Nigeria’s Ogbonna Emmanuel John who won 6-2 against Samoa’s Elias Lauofo Vaoifi.
In the 86kg category, Ekerekeme Agiomor of Nigeria and Fateh Benferdjallah of Algeria secured places at Tokyo 2020 after reaching the gold medal match, which Agiomor edged 7-6.
The two bronze medal contests were one-sided affairs, with Khaled Masoud Ismail Elmoatamadawai of Egypt winning 7-0 against Bedopassa Buassat Djonde of Guinea-Bissau and Maher Ghanmi of Tunisia defeating Jayden Alexander Lawrence of Australia 10-0.
In the 97kg category, Mohamed Saadaoui of Tunisia and Mohammed Fardj of Algeria secured places at the Olympics after reaching the final.
Gold went to Saadaoui as Fardj did not take to the mat for the final due to injury.
In the bronze medal contests, Martin Erasmus of South Africa overcame Soso Tamarau of Nigeria by fall while Hosam Mohamed Mostafa Merghany of Egypt defeated Thomas John Mcglinchey Barns of Australia 6-4.
The 125kg category was decided using the Nordic style bracket system, with the gold and silver medallists qualifying for Tokyo 2020.
Gold went to Egypt’s Diaaeldin Kamal Gouda Abdelmottaleb with silver taken by Algeria’s Djahid Berrahal.
The bronze medallist in the category was Abdelmoneim Adouli of Tunisia ahead of Johannes Jacobus Kriel of South Africa who finished fourth.