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Indian Wrestlers Anshu Malik And Sonam Malik Qualify For Tokyo Olympics

India’s younger wrestlers Anshu Malik and Sonam Malik produced spectacular performances within the Asian Olympic Qualifiers, on Saturday to qualify for the Tokyo Video games. Anshu, 19, and Sonam, 18, making a gradual transition from the junior to the senior circuit, joined senior professional Vinesh Phogat (53kg) in making the Olympics minimize. India now have three ladies wrestlers, who will now battle for glory on the Summer time Video games. Vinesh had certified via the 2019 World Championship. General, India now have seven wrestlers who’ve certified for the upcoming Video games.

Amongst males, Bajrang Punia (65kg), Ravi Dahiya (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) have certified within the males’s free model occasion. Whereas Anshu was dominant in 57kg competitors, Sonam’s resilience finally helped her safe the quota and shut the door on Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik.

Sonam introduced her arrival by defeating Sakshi 4 occasions in current trials, making the 62kg class her personal.

Such was Anshu’s dominance that she conceded solely two factors en route the ultimate, profitable all her three bouts by technical superiority. She started by beating Korean Jieun Um, then outsmarted Kazak wrestler Emma Tissina and within the semifinal she beat Uzbekistan’s Shokhida Akhmedova.

Sonam edged China’s Jia Lengthy 5-2 earlier than profitable by technical superiority in opposition to Hsin Ping Pai of Taipei. Within the semifinal, she trailed 0-6 in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Ayaulym Kassymova however reeled off 9 factors in a row to safe herself the quota.

“She has proven that she is prepared for the senior circuit. Look what she has completed. Folks had stated that she remains to be on the cadet stage however the constant victories in opposition to Sakshi has boosted her confidence,” Sonam’s private coach Ajmer Malik instructed PTI.


“She doesn’t lose confidence or hope now even after conceding factors. We’re pleased with her,” Ajmer, who runs Netaji Subash Chander Sports activities Institute at Village Madina in Sonepat district, stated.

Seema Bisla misplaced all her three bouts to exit of race in 50kg whereas Nisha got here near securing quota in 68kg however threw away a 3-1 result in lose the semifinal by technical superiority in opposition to Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova. Meerim outsmarted the Indian together with her ‘fitley’ (leg lace) assault.

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