This week, the Tunisian wrestling team took away a total of fourteen medals at the African Wrestling Championship in Morocco, paving the way for Tunisian wrestlers to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
The team, composed of sixteen men and women, received nine gold, three silver and two bronze medals out of the total fourteen. The athletes competed in Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling and women's wrestling.
The Championship was held from the 12th to the 14th of March in Marrakech, Morocco. Tunisian wrestlers Adnen Rhimi, Haythem Ayech and Bilal Ouechtati won medals in freestyle wrestling. In Greco-Roman wrestling, Jihad Khelifi, Zied Ayet Ikram, Heykel Achour, Houcine Ayari, Radhouane Chebbi won the five gold medals, while Sabeur Bouthouri took away the silver.
Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the women's team - composed of Marwa Mezyene, Salma Jamii, Marwa Ameri, Hela Riabi, Rim Ayari, and Wafa Charni - was also successful, collectively winning three gold medals, one silver and one bronze.
The African Wrestling Championship constitutes the first phase of the qualification process to the 2012 London Olympics (July 27th - August 12th). Entering the competition allows national teams to register for the continental Wrestlers' Qualification Tournament. This tournament will bring together participants from 33 countries and two continents (Africa and Oceania). The Qualification Tournament will also take place in Morocco, from the 16th to the 18th of March.