Photo: Wrestling Canada
Photo: Wrestling Canada

Wrestling: Linda Morais qualifies for Paris 2024

Linda Morais will compete in her first Olympic Games after winning the Paris Olympic Playoff match at the World Olympic Qualifier in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Competing in the 68kg category, Morais won her first two matches handily, taking down both opponents by a score of 10-0. She ran into trouble against China’s Zhou Feng, losing 12-0. The loss did not eliminate her, but it meant she would need to qualify for the playoff through a series of do-or-die matches starting in the repechage.

She first took care of business against Ohyoung Ha of Japan, winning 10-0 by VSU. Then she went on to beat Mimi Nikolova Hristova 14-4 to move into the playoff qualifier.

Finally, Morais took down Alexandra Nicoleta Anghel of Romania, 4-3, to secure the birth in Paris 2024.

Morais scored an early four-point takedown, and was able to see it through winning on points to secure her spot.

“It is such an incredible feeling. It is something I have wanted ever since I was a little girl. Everyone who knows me, knows I have been talking about the Olympics since elementary school when I met an Olympian,” she said.

Morais formerly held the world championship in the 59kg category, after winning gold at the Wrestling World Championships in 2019.