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NZ wrestlers lose Rio qualifying fights

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/04/2016

New Zealand's two leading Greco Roman wrestlers have fallen short in their bid to qualify in Algeria for the Rio Olympics.

Marcus Carney and Craig Miller both lost their first fight and failed to reach the final in their respective classes at the Africa/Oceania final Olympic qualifying tournament.

Heavyweight Carney lost his 130kg and over class quarter-final 8-0 to Radhouane Chebbi of Tunisia.

Miller enjoyed luck with the draw, advancing straight to the semi-finals in the small 66kg field. However, he was beaten 12-6 by Australian Vinod Kumar.

New Zealand are fielding six wrestlers at the tournament, with their remaining chances coming in the freestyle competition.

Carney will contest the 125kg-plus competition and Sam Belkin the 97kg class.

Three women are in action on Saturday - Ana Moceyawa (53kg), Krissy Hunter (58kg) and Tayla Ford (63kg).

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