Though he won the U.S. Olympic Trials at 86 kg, J'Den Cox still had to travel across the globe to officially qualify to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, needing to finish in the top three, Cox went undefeated on Saturday and Sunday, winning the trials altogether.
Here are Cox's results:
- First Round: Defeated Atyan of Armenia via technical fall, 11-0, in the first round.
- Round of 16: Defeated Timofei Xenidis of Greece via technical fall, 10-0, in the first round.
- Quarterfinals: Defeated Baranowski of Poland, 4-1.
- Semifinals: Defeated Ismanov of Uzbekistan, 5-2, to officially qualify for the Olympics.
- Finals: Defeated Ceballos Fuentes of Venezuela, 6-0.
☑️ QUALIFIED! @USAWrestling's @SuperstarW14T is RIO BOUND! ✈️ #RoadToRio #UB2016 pic.twitter.com/pXchHtIRjG— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) April 24, 2016
#UB2016: @SuperstarW14T def. Ceballos Fuentes (VEN), 6-0, for WG Qualifying Tournament Championship!!! #TigerStyle pic.twitter.com/hSRk7YhU8b— #TigerStyle (@MizzouWrestling) April 24, 2016
.@SuperstarW14T is #RIOBOUND!!!!! pic.twitter.com/cOHpyeX9Oq— #TigerStyle (@MizzouWrestling) April 24, 2016
.@SuperstarW14T wins gold & qualifies for Rio Olympics @ World Olympic Qualifier in Mongolia https://t.co/k1HiabWQ84 pic.twitter.com/gSZzjd9hQ8— USA Wrestling (@USAWrestling) April 24, 2016
After mostly dominating the field at both the NCAA Championships and taking down so many big names at the U.S. Olympic Trials, you had to figure Cox's odds of qualifying were pretty good. But he made it look really, really easy. Congrats, J'Den. You have made Missouri incredibly proud.
Congrats to Columbia Missouri's own J'Den Cox @SuperstarW14T on qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games! pic.twitter.com/fWVIDZiKfT— Rock M Nation (@rockmnation) April 24, 2016
That face when you realize you're heading to Rio for the summer. pic.twitter.com/LImYkdV91V— Rock M Nation (@rockmnation) April 24, 2016