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Tokyo Games: Indian Wrestlers Anshu Malik And Sonam Malik Qualify For Olympics, Door Shut On Sakshi Malik

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

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

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

Such was Anshu’s dominance that she conceded solely two factors en route the ultimate, successful 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 Long 5-2 earlier than successful by technical superiority in opposition to Hsin Ping Pai of Taipei. In 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 shown that she is ready for the senior circuit. Look what she has done. People had said that she is still at the cadet level but the consistent victories against Sakshi has boosted her confidence,” Sonam’s private coach Ajmer Malik advised PTI.


“She does not lose confidence or hope now even after conceding points. We are proud of her,” Ajmer, who runs Netaji Subash Chander Sports 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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