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    2023 World Championships: Women's Freestyle Preview (Part Two 62-76kg)

    We’re less than a week away from the 2023 Senior World Championships, so it’s time to unveil our previews for the event. We’ll go in order of the competition and hit half of the weights one day and the other half the following day. 

    The tournament will start off hot with the men’s freestyle competition and then move into women’s freestyle. In 2022, our women’s team came away with medals in seven of ten weights, including three gold medals. The transition from 2022 to 2023 saw the American squad lose a world champion (Tamyra Mensah-Stock) but gain another (the return of Adeline Gray). While everyone on the women’s side is always chasing Japan, this team has the potential to push the Japanese and defeat anyone else in the world. 

    With that out of the way, here are the entries at each of the last five weights, along with some of their notable achievements, pre-seeds, information on the American entry, and 2022 medalists.


    Veranika IVANOVA (AIN - BLR) - 2021 World 9th Place, 2x European Bronze Medalist

    Angelina LELO (ANG) 

    Elis MANOLOVA (AZE) - 2019 World Bronze Medalist, 2019 European Champion, 2020 Olympic 10th Place

    Jessica DERRELL (BAR) - 2023 Pan-American Bronze Medalist

    Lais NUNES (BRA) - 2x Pan-American Champion, 2021 World 5th Place

    Bilyana DUDOVA (BUL) - 2021 World Champion, 2x World Medalist (1,2), 4x European Champion

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