Wrestling has been one such sport for India that has fetched the nation medals often for the reason that 2008 Olympics. India will probably be sending a workforce of seven wrestlers to the Tokyo Olympics to proceed the medal legacy on the Video games.
Of the seven wrestlers, Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Deepak Punia, and Ravi Kumar have been seeded of their respective classes for the Tokyo Olympics. Each Bajrang and Deepak have been seeded second within the 65kg and 86kg class, whereas Ravi has been seeded fourth within the 57kg. Star feminine wrestler Vinesh is the highest seed within the 53kg class.
Sumit Malik, who had received an Olympic quota within the 125kg class, has been provisionally suspended by world physique UWW for failing a dope take a look at.
Out of the Indians who’ve certified, the seasoned Bajrang and Vinesh have a very good likelihood of successful a medal.
Touted as among the best medal hopes for India, Bajrang Punia will lead in 65kg males’s freestyle problem in Tokyo. The one Indian to win three medals at wrestling world championships, Bajrang earned a berth to Tokyo at World Championship in Kazakhstan in 2019, the place he had received a bronze.
Since incomes his qualification, Bajrang has received gold medals on the Rome Rating Sequence in 2020 and 2021 and silver medals on the two successive Asian Championships. Nevertheless, his has to climb a steep hill in his quest for a gold medal.
If one delves into Bajrang’s draw within the 65KG weight class, he’s going to face stiff opposition in essentially the most aggressive class of the world. Seeded second, Bajrang is preceded by reigning world champion (2019) and two-time European champion (2016, 2018) Russia’s Gadzhimurad Rashidov. Kazakhstan’s Daulet Niyazbekov, the silver medallist on the 2019 World Championships, is seeded within the third place and Hungary’s Ismail Muszukaev within the fourth place. Apart from, his weight class may also have fierce opponents like Japan’s Takuto Otoguro and Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan.
As per his seedings, Bajrang would evade competing towards Muszukaev and possibly can be going through Rashidov within the closing. Nevertheless, earlier than that, Bajrang would need to evade his Achilles Heel Otoguro to enter the semifinals safely. To date, Bajrang has confronted Otoguro thrice, the place the Japanese had the higher hand on Bajrang each time.
Within the semis, Bajrang might face Niyazbekov. Although the Kazakh had defeated Bajrang within the Worlds semifinal, the Indian had the final snigger after they met for the final time on the Ali Aliyev event in June.
Hailing from the legendary Phogat household, Vinesh was the primary Indian wrestler to e-book her ticket to the Olympics. At present ranked no.1, Vinesh has earned the highest seed in ladies’s 53kg freestyle wrestling class.
Vinesh shoulders loads of hope for India as she goals to go previous her anti-climactic career-threatening harm of the Rio 2016 Olympics and fetch the elusive medal for India. Her rise to the summit of the world rankings is laden with gold medals in Asian Championships, Asian Video games, and Commonwealth Video games and in addition a bronze within the World Championships.
The Haryana lass has had a dream yr in 2021 thus far, the place she has fetched gold medals in all of the 4 tournaments she was part of, together with the Asian Championships.
Vinesh furthers as a medal prospect owing to North Korea pulling out of the Olympics and averting an opportunity to fulfill reigning world champion Pak Yong-mi.
Nevertheless, her journey for the gold medal hunt won’t be a cakewalk. In her class, she can have challengers just like the second-seeded Mayu Mukaida of Japan, who’s two-time world champion (2016, 2018), adopted by Pan American champion Luisa Valverde because the third seed and China’s Pang Qianyu, who’s a two-time world championships bronze medallist (2018, 2019) within the fourth seed. Apart from, she would even be attempting to avert Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson.
Vinesh is destined to fulfill Qianyu within the semis of the Tokyo Olympics. Qianyu and Phogat have been anticipated to face-off within the not too long ago concluded Asian Championships, however it didn’t occur as China pulled out of the event because of covid-19 associated issues. The Indian, although, have fond recollections of preventing towards Qianyu, most notably beating her within the bronze medal match of the 2019 Asian Championships.
Nevertheless, the large query for Vinesh would be the problem from Mukaida, whom she will not face until the ultimate. Like Bajrang’s Otuguro, Mukaida has been the formidable opponent Vinesh had needed to beat for a very long time. The 23-year-old has been an Achilles heel for Phogat for a very long time. Within the three encounters, Mukaida received all of the bouts towards Vinesh and can be the hardest nut to crack within the video games as nicely.