December 10, 2022


The Indian wrestling contingent didn’t have an awesome begin to their Tokyo Olympics marketing campaign with  Sonam Malik crashing out of the ladies’s 62kg class. Malik misplaced her bout to Mongolia’s Khürelkhüügiin Bolortuyaa, and her hopes of re-entry into the competitors by way of the repechage spherical have been dashed after Bolortuyaa misplaced to the previous world champion and the second seed Taybe Yusein of Bulgaria within the quarter-finals of Tokyo Olympics. The repechage rule permits wrestlers who’ve misplaced early within the competitors a second probability, ought to their victor make it to the ultimate.

How Sonam Malik misplaced Olympics wrestling

India’s Sonam Malik misplaced on the standards after the 2 wrestlers have been tied 2-2 on factors on the finish of the bout. The Mongolian was awarded the win based mostly on the ‘highest scoring level’ rule. As per wrestling guidelines, in case of a tie, the winner is determined based mostly on the best scoring transfer by the wrestler. Bolortuyaa executed a two-point takedown within the second interval, whereas Sonam collected one level in every of the 2 halves. 

Recap of Sonam Malik’s opening bout

Sonam Malik had sealed her Tokyo 2020 spot on the Asian Olympic wrestling qualifiers in April and entered the Olympic event after recovering from her knee damage. The bout started with the Indian wrestler taking a cautious method in the course of the preliminary exchanges. Sonam Malik stored the strain on her Mongolian opponent Bolortuyaa and was the primary to register some extent by pushing her opponent out of bounds.

She doubled her benefit at the beginning of the second spherical to pile strain on her opponent. Khürelkhüügiin Bolortuyaa, the silver medallist from the Asian wrestling championships earlier this 12 months, didn’t panic and was rewarded for her endurance with seconds remaining on the clock. The Mongolian tried a single-leg takedown, value two factors which was sufficient for Bolortuyaa to win the bout.

Indian Wrestling contingent at Tokyo Olympics

The Indian wrestling contingent will characteristic seven freestyle wrestlers — 4 ladies and three males competing at Tokyo 2020. This can be India’s joint-largest Olympic wrestling contingent alongside Rio 2016. Vinesh Phogat is the one Olympian within the Indian wrestling crew. She competed at Rio 2016 however made an early exit as a result of damage.

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