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NZ wrestlers miss out at Rio qualifiers

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/04/2016

New Zealand's wrestlers have failed to produce an Olympic qualifying performance at the Oceania-Africa qualification tournament in Algeria.

Each member of the four-pronged team needed a top-two finish in Algiers over the weekend to be considered for Rio but came up short in small but strong fields.

Tayla Ford had the misfortune of drawing All African Games champion Hela Riabi of Tunisia in her 63kg quarter-final. Riabi won 8-4 and went on to win gold.

Commonwealth Games representative Ford recovered to win a bronze medal fight, 4-0 over Anta Sambou of Senegal.

The other Kiwi women's hopeful, Krissy Hunter, lost her quarter-final 7-1 to Safietou Goudiaby of Senegal.

Super heavyweight Marcus Carney had two cracks at qualifying.

He was eliminated early in his 130kg-plus Greco Roman division but gave himself a chance in the 125kg-plus freestyle competition by winning his quarter-final. However, he went down 2-0 to Egypt's Diaaeldin Kamal in the semi-finals.

Craig Miller exited early in his 66kg Greco Roman competition.

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