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Amit Elor Leads The Way In 68 kg Olympic Wrestling 2024 Field

Amit Elor Leads The Way In 68 kg Olympic Wrestling 2024 Field

A full preview of the women's freestyle wrestling event in the 68-kilogram weight class at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

Jun 17, 2024 by Kyle Klingman

American Amit Elor is on a path like no other wrestler in U.S. history. The 20-year-old phenom has won eight World Championships: two Senior, two U23, three U20, and one Cadet. 

Elor is in the 68 kg field and fans can watch her compete at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games on August 5-6 on NBC or Peacock. Wrestling takes place at Grand Palais Éphémère in Champ de Mars. FloWrestling will have on-the-ground coverage, and a live watch party during the Olympic wrestling competition.

Here's what to know about the 68 kg field. 

The Olympic Gold Medal Favorite And The American: Amit Elor

Don’t worry if Amit Elor’s name doesn’t show up as a 68 kg World or Olympic medalist during the last Olympic quad. She was too busy dominating the competition at 72 kg. 

Elor was off to a fast start in 2021 when she bagged U17 and U20 World titles. Then she won U20, U23, and Senior World titles in 2022 — becoming the youngest American (18) to win a Senior World title and the first American to win three gold medals (U20, U23, and Senior) in the same year.

What did Elor do for an encore in 2023? She won all three World titles again, making her the first and only American to accomplish the same feat twice. 

She also joined Adeline Gray (6), Helen Maroulis (4), Trish Saunders (4), Tamyra Mensah-Stock (3), and Kristie Davis (2) as the only American women to win multiple World/Olympic titles. 

Her last loss was a 3-1 semifinal setback to Japan’s Honoka Naka at the 2019 Cadet Worlds. Since then, Elor has dominated the World. Her closest match was a 3-2 semifinal victory over Japan’s Masako Furuichi at the 2022 Senior World Championships. 

"Winning eight World titles means I'm probably doing something right," Elor said. "It's hard to believe that I have won that many World titles. I just keep going from one competition to the next, one match at a time, doing my very best. And here we are."

Amit Elor At The Worlds

20191569 kgCadet WorldsBronze
20211769 kgCadet WorldsGold
20211768 kgJunior WorldsGold
20221872 kgU20 WorldsGold
20221872 kgSenior WorldsGold
20221872 kgU23 WorldsGold
20231972 kgU20 WorldsGold
20231972 kgSenior WorldsGold
20231972 kgU23 WorldsGold

This weight has belonged to the Americans since 2019, with Mensah-Stock winning World golds in 2019 and 2022 and the 2020 Olympics. Her retirement left an opening that Elor will fill in Paris. 

Elor qualified the United States at the Pan-Am Olympic Qualifier since her two World titles were at a non-Olympic weight. She won the best-of-three series at the Olympic Trials over Forrest Molinari. 

The Walnut Creek, California, native might be the best wrestler in the world from an underhook or a two-on-one. She establishes dominance early by imposing her will from the first whistle until the last. Elor uses a tough, hard-nosed, and punishing style that will be difficult to stop — especially since she is the strongest competitor in the 16-wrestler field. 

And her career has just begun. She missed the 2020 Olympic Trials since her January 1, 2004, birthday left her a day shy of the cutoff. A gold medal in Paris will compensate for her missed opportunity. 


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Elor qualified the United States for the Olympics with this win.

Amit Elor Match-By-Match Results At Senior Worlds

2022 Worlds - Gold - 72 kg2023 Worlds - Gold - 72 kg
W - Anastasiya Alpyeyeva (Ukraine), 10-0W - Nesrin Bas (Turkey), 7-0
W - Buse Tosun (Turkey), FallW - Miwa Morikawa (Japan), 6-0
W - Masako Furuichi (Japan), 3-2W - Kendra Dacher (France), 12-2
W - Zhamila Bakbergenova (Kazakhstan), 10-0W - Davaanasan Ankh Amar (Mongolia), 8-2

The Canadian Olympian: Linda Morais

Morais has been a staple for Canada, winning the 59 kg gold medal at the 2019 World Championships and bronze in 2016 and 2022. Making the 2024 Olympics wasn’t easy for the 30-year-old.

The Tecumseh, Ontario, native was injured during the 2023 season and postponed her wrestle-off, where she fell to Olivia Di Bacco. Morais defeated Katie Mulkay for the right to face Di Bacco in the best-of-three series at the Canadian Team Trials. The series went to the deciding match with Morais winning matches one and three.

Next up was the World Olympic Games Qualifier where Morais won her first two matches, lost to China’s Feng Zhou, then won three more to make the Olympic Team with the last available spot. She’s good from a collar and elbow tie, often leading to fireman’s carries and throws. Morais is selective with her shots but is explosive when she opens up. 

This weight is interesting since quality wrestlers are coming up from 65 and down from 72. Morais is definitely in the mix and has the medals to prove it. 


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Watch Linda Morais win a bronze medal at the 2022 World Championships

The Paris Olympic Games Wrestling Contenders

Turkey’s Buse Tosun won the 2023 World Championships at 68 kilograms, making her a medal favorite. She won 72 kg bronze medals at the 2018 and 2021 World Championships.

Tosun’s World Championship run included three falls, a tech, and an 8-0 shutout. She was thrown for four during her finals match against Mongolia’s Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan but immediately reversed the position for the pin. That makes her a dangerous match-up for anyone in the field. 

Japan’s Ami Ishii qualified the weight for Japan by winning her fifth-place match over Emma Bruntil of the United States but Nonoka Ozaki will compete at 68 kg. She won the 2022 and 2023 World Championships at 62 and 65 kg, respectively. 

An Ozaki vs Elor match is intriguing with each winning two Senior World titles: one moving up a weight and the other moving down. Ozaki defeated American Macey Kilty, 10-0, in less than a minute during the 2023 World finals. She shoots a sweep single and ends matches early with turns. Getting to Elor’s legs and turning her will be among her greatest challenges. 

The rest of the field will attempt to play spoiler in a balanced field. 

Mongolia’s Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan was a silver medalist at the 2023 Worlds. France’s Koumba Larroque is a four-time World medalist with a semifinal win over Mensah-Stock at the 2018 World Championships. Moldova’s Irina Ricaci has three Senior World medals, including a dramatic bronze medal win over Ishii at the 2023 Worlds. 

Two wild cards are Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu and Feng Zhou. Oborududu won a silver medal at the 2020 Olympics but hasn't reached the podium before or since. Zhou won World medals in 2015 and 2018 but hasn’t reached that level of success again. 

2020 Through 2023 Olympic Quad

2020 Olympics2021 Worlds2022 Worlds2023 Worlds
GoldTamyra Mensah-Stock (USA)Meerim Zhumanazarova (KGZ)Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA)Buse Tosun (TUR)
Silver Blessing Oborududu (NGR)Rin Miyaji (JPN)Ami Ishii (JPN)Delgermaa Enkhsaikhany (MGL)
BronzeAlla Cherkasova (UKR)Tamyra Mensah-Stock (USA)Linda Morais (CAN)Koumba Larroque (FRA)
BronzeMeerim Zhumanazarova (KGZ)Khanum Velieva (RUS)Irina Rîngaci (MDA)Irina Rîngaci (MDA)
FifthSara Dosho (JPN)Adéla Hanzlíčková (CZE)Nisha Dahiya (IND)Ami Ishii (JPN)
FifthBattsetseg Soronzonboldyn (MGL)Olivia Di Bacco (CAN)Zhou Feng (CHN)Emma Bruntil (USA)

The 2024 Olympic Wrestling Field

These women's freestyle wrestlers qualified their countries for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Gold - Buse Tosun (TUR)
Silver -  Delgermaa Enkhsaikhan (MGL)
Bronze - Koumba Larroque (FRA)
Bronze - Irina Ringaci (MDA)
5th Place - Ami Ishii (JPN)

Continentals Qualifiers
Pan-Ams - Amit Elor (USA)
Pam-Ams - Soleymi Caraballo (VEN)
African & Oceania - Blessing Oborududu (NGR)
African & Oceania - Tayla Ford (NZL)
Euros - Khanum Velieva (RUS)
Euros - Wiktoria Choluj (POL)
Asians - Sol Gum Pak (PRK)
Asians - Meerim Zhumanazarova (KGZ)

Last Chance World Qualifier
Nisha Dahiya (IND)
Feng Zhou (CHN)
Linda Morais (CAN)