18-year-old wrestler Sonam Malik registered a thrilling come-from-behind triumph to participate the last of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers and suffice for the Tokyo Olympics successful the 62kg category. Also qualifying for the 2020 Games connected Saturday was 19-year-old Anshu Malik, who entered the last of 57kg class astatine the qualifying lawsuit to seal a berth.
Anshu and Sonam, who are making a dependable modulation from the inferior to the elder circuit, joined elder pro Vinesh Phogat (53kg) successful making the Olympics cut. India present person 3 women wrestlers, who volition present combat for glory astatine the Summer Games. Vinesh had qualified done the 2019 World Championship.
Congratulations to our women wrestlers, Sonam Malik and Anshu Malik for winning a quota each successful #Tokyo2020. Both person shown singular performances successful the qualifying matches. I privation them the precise champion successful representing India pic.twitter.com/i8hssmMRVb— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) April 10, 2021
Overall, India present person six wrestlers who person qualified for the upcoming Games. Among men, Bajrang Punia (65kg), Ravi Dahiya (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) person qualified successful the men’s freestyle event.
While Anshu was ascendant successful 57kg competition, Sonam’s resilience yet helped her unafraid the quota and unopen the doorway connected Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik.
Sonam announced her accomplishment by defeating Sakshi 4 times successful caller trials, making the 62kg class her own.
Such was Anshu’s dominance that she conceded lone 2 points en way the final, winning each her 3 bouts by method superiority. She began by beating Korean Jieun Um, past outsmarted Kazak wrestler Emma Tissina and successful the semifinal she bushed Uzbekistan’s Shokhida Akhmedova.
Sonam edged China’s Jia Long 5-2 earlier winning by method superiority against Hsin Ping Pai of Taipei.
In the semifinal, she trailed 0-6 against Kazakhstan’s Ayaulym Kassymova but reeled disconnected 9 points successful a enactment to unafraid herself the quota.
“She has shown that she is acceptable for the elder circuit. Look what she has done. People had said that she is inactive astatine the cadet level but the accordant victories against Sakshi has boosted her confidence,” Sonam’s idiosyncratic manager Ajmer Malik told PTI.
“She does not suffer assurance oregon anticipation present adjacent aft conceding points. We are arrogant of her,” Ajmer, who runs Netaji Subash Chander Sports Institute astatine Village Madina successful Sonepat district, said.
Seema Bisla mislaid each her 3 bouts to spell retired of contention successful 50kg portion Nisha came adjacent to securing quota successful 68kg but threw distant a 3-1 pb to suffer the semifinal by method superiority against Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova.
Meerim outsmarted the Indian with her ‘fitley’ (leg lace) attack.
(with input from PTI)