On the 2016 Rio Olympis, Sakshi Malik created historical past by changing into the primary feminine wrestler from India to win a medal on the Olympics, when she claimed the bronze within the girls’s 58kg class. 4 years down the road, 4 girls’s wrestlers are gearing as much as re-create the same scene in Tokyo.
Sakshi Malik created historical past on the 2016 Rio Olympics by changing into the primary Indian feminine wrestler to win a medal on the quadrennial occasion. The Haryana-based athlete claimed a bronze medal within the girls’s 58 kg class, by advantage of two wins within the repechage bouts. Despite the fact that she has not certified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, India is about to area a powerful four-member girls’s contingent within the upcoming occasion. Vignesh Phogat, who crashed within the quarter-finals in Rio, owing to an harm, will likely be making her second look on the Video games.
Allow us to take a look on the Indian Wrestling Workforce (Girls’s) for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics:
Seema Bisla (Girls’s 50kg)
‘Battle’ has been fixed in Seema Bisla’s profession ever since she took up wrestling. Figuring out it was inconceivable to develop her recreation in her native place – Gudhan Village – she shifted her base to Rohtak, the place Seema’s elder sister Sushila supplied shelter and funds for her coaching. The truth is, it was Sushila’s sister Nafe Singh, who dished out a lump sum of his wage for Seema’s coaching. Eventually, the efforts needed to pay-off.
It was on the 2009 Asian Cadet Championships that she claimed a bronze medal to mark her breakthrough. Nevertheless, three years after the triumph, a shoulder and neck harm prompted Seema to alter her weight class to 67kg. The affect was instantaneous, as she claimed back-to-back bronze medals on the 2012 and 2013 Asian Junior Championships, after successful a nationwide title in the identical 12 months.
A few years later, she as soon as once more shifted her weight class, from 67g to 54kg and ultimately to 50kg. Despite the fact that she was not a front-runner to qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, a stellar present on the 2021 Asian Wrestling Championships was sufficient to defy the norm. Nevertheless, she made the Tokyo lower throughout the World Olympic Qualification Match, held in Bulgaria, Sofia, in Might 2021.
Vinesh Phogat (Girls’s 53kg)
Together with her roots from the Phogat household, already made standard by her cousins Geeta and Babita, and a blockbuster Bollywood film, the tone was already set for her to attain unprecedented heights. Following the footsteps of her kins, she overcame taunts from the native communities and different social taboos to mark her arrival on the worldwide stage with a bronze medal win on the 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships. That was the start of Vinesh’s unimaginable story.
She adopted it up with a prime podium end on the 2014 Commonwealth Video games, adopted by a bronze medal on the Asian Video games, later that 12 months. Vinesh was all set to make a grand debut on the Olympics in 2016, in Rio. She did board the flight and walked as much as the mat, but it surely went downhill throughout her quarter-final bout towards Solar Yanan after she suffered a knee harm and crashed out of the occasion.
Her comeback was as gorgeous as her profession itself, as Vinesh brushed apart the ghosts of Rio, occurring to assert gold medals every on the 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Video games respectively. A 12 months later, the grappler gained her maiden World Championship medal to safe qualification to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. With wins within the Matteo Pellicone Sequence and the Poland Open earlier this 12 months, she’s in red-hot kind going into the Tokyo occasion.
Anshu Malik (Girls’s 57kg)
Daughter of a world wrestler, Anshu initially needed to plead to make her means into the ‘akhara’, whereas her youthful brother Shubham was already receiving formal coaching within the sport. Months after Anshu began her new journey, her father Dharamvir came upon that that the lady was not solely a particular expertise but in addition had the tenacity to defeat women who have been within the circuit for greater than 3-4 years. The total focus was then on Anshu.
The silver medal win on the 2016 Asian Cadet Championship was on the playing cards, however the third-place end on the World Cadet Championship was a bonus. Anshu shouldn’t be vastly skilled on the junior worldwide stage, however that was by no means a barrier throughout bouts on the senior stage. To this point, she has featured in six senior tournaments and has gained medals in 5 of them.
The grappler stormed to a second-place end on the 2021 Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualifying occasion in Almaty, thus paving her means for a maiden look on the Video games. Anshu has been lately nominated by the WFI (Wrestling Federation of India) for the celebrated Arjuna Award, all on the age of 19. Even when she fails to make a mark on the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Anshu has an excellent profession forward.
Sonam Malik (Girls’s 62kg)
Teenager Sonam Malik had a number of roadblocks to beat earlier than an Olympic berth turned barely seen, which additionally included Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik as a possible competitor. The truth is, it was purely based mostly on a advice from her coach Ajmer Malik that the 19-year previous was allowed to compete on the senior stage, regardless that she by no means competed at even the junior stage to again up the declare.
With a couple of Cadet Championship wins underneath her belt, Sonam was lastly given clearance for participation on the 2020 Rome Rating Sequence, the place she booked her place within the Indian group with a win over Sakshi Malik. A couple of months later, she accomplished a double over Sakshi and secured a berth for the Asian Olympic Qualifiers.
It was earlier this 12 months that the grappler booked tickets for the quadrennial occasion with a silver medal win on the Asian Olympic Qualifiers, in Almaty. Not thought of a serious medal prospect, Sonam is sort of able to proving everybody unsuitable.
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