September 26, 2022

Whereas Vinesh turned her 2014 Incheon Asian Video games bronze into gold with an electrifying efficiency in Jakarta, Punia gave a golden hue to his Incheon silver in Jakarta. That set in movement a course of which has as we speak made them robust contenders for medals in Tokyo and purpose to enhance upon Sushil’s silver at 2012 London.

There was a minor scare not too long ago as Punia suffered a right-knee harm throughout a neighborhood event in Russia, He got here off the mat following his semi-final bout limping, however Punia’s Georgian coach Shako Bentinidis allayed these fears and mentioned his ward is match for the Olympic problem.

Teenager Sonam Malik, who hails from Madina village in Sonipat, might be the darkish horse within the Indian contingent as on the age of solely 19, she is giving one commanding efficiency after one other in home and worldwide competitions.

Having crushed Sakshi, 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist, 4 instances within the span of a 12 months – thrice in trials — has meant that Sonam might be knocking on the doorways of stardom – if not on the Tokyo Olympics, then at Paris in 2024.

Indian contingent

Males: Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Deepak Punia (86kg)

Girls: Seema Bisla (50kg), Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Anshu Malik (57kg), Sonam Malik (62kg).

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