Olympic champ Erica Wiebe picks up bronze at Poland Open ranking series

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Canada’s Erica Wiebe earned a bronze medal on the Poland Open in Warsaw, which served as the ultimate rating occasion of the 12 months forward of the Tokyo Olympics. 

The Stittsville, Ont., native claimed a 7-4 victory over American Diamond Guilford in a 76-kilogram match on Thursday.

Fellow Canadian Danielle Lappage additionally wrestled for 68-kilogram bronze on Friday, however was defeated by Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova 1-3.

It was the primary worldwide competitors for Lappage, of Olds, Alta., throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with United World Wrestling, half of the 16 nations/wrestlers who certified for the Olympics within the 68-kilogram have been competing on Friday.

The open, which runs June 8 to June 13, is the ultimate point-scoring occasion to find out the highest 4 seeds on the Tokyo Olympics. It additionally has seeding implications for the Oslo world championships in October. 

Wiebe and Lappage are the 2 Canadian girls named to Workforce Canada for the Video games. 

The highest 4 seeds on the Olympics within the 76-kilogram occasion will likely be American Adeline Grey, Aline Rotter Focken of Germany, Hiroe Minagawa Suzuki of Japan, and Elmira Syzdykova of Kazakhstan. 

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The lads’s aspect of Workforce Canada contains Jordan Steen of Tecumseh, Ont. (97 kg) and Amar Dhesi from Surrey, B.C. (125 kg).