Prime News, National and International Sport, Olympics, Wrestling, New Delhi, April 10:- India’s young wrestlers Anshu Malik and Sonam Malik produced impressive performances in the Asian Olympic Qualifiers, on Saturday (April 10) to qualify for the Tokyo Games.
Anshu, 19, and Sonam, 18, making a steady transition from the junior to the senior circuit, joined senior pro Vinesh Phogat (53kg) in making the Olympics cut.
India now has three women wrestlers, who will now fight for glory at the Summer Games. Vinesh had qualified through the 2019 World Championship. Overall, India now has seven wrestlers who have qualified for the upcoming Games.
Among men, Bajrang Punia (65kg), Ravi Dahiya (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) have qualified in the men’s freestyle event. While Anshu was dominant in the 57 kg competition, Sonam’s resilience eventually helped her secure the quota and shut the door on Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik.
Sonam announced her arrival by defeating Sakshi four times in recent trials, making the 62 kg category her own.
Such was Anshu’s dominance that she conceded only two points en route the final, winning all her three bouts by technical superiority. She began by beating Korean Jieun Um, then outsmarted Kazak wrestler Emma Tissina and in the semifinal she beat Uzbekistan’s Shokhida Akhmedova.
Sonam edged China’s Jia Long 5-2 before winning by technical superiority against Hsin Ping Pai of Taipei. In the semifinal, she trailed 0-6 against Kazakhstan’s Ayaulym Kassymova but reeled off nine points in a row to secure herself the quota.
Seema Bisla lost all her three bouts to go out of the race in 50 kg while Nisha came close to securing quota in 68 kg but threw away a 3-1 lead to lose the semifinal by technical superiority against Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova. Meerim outsmarted the Indian with her ‘fitley’ (leg lace) attack. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)