With solely days left for the Tokyo Olympics to get underway, athletes throughout the globe need to put the ending touches to their preparations and head for the showpiece occasion. The Indian contingent isn’t any completely different as 127 athletes will look to offer it their all and convey glory to the nation. The wrestlers within the contingent are undoubtedly in rivalry for medals on the Tokyo Video games. Indian wrestling contingent will discipline seven wrestlers, headlined by a really sturdy Bajrang Punia and decided Vinesh Phogat.
The opposite 5 Indian wrestlers who’ve certified for the showpiece occasion are Ravi Kumar Dahiya (Males 57kg), Deepak Punia (Males 86kg), Anshu Malik (Girls 57kg), Sonam Malik (Girls 62kg), and Seema Bisla (Girls 50kg).
Sumit Malik was one other Indian wrestler who had gained an Olympic quota within the 125kg class however was suspended by world physique UWW for failing a dope check.
With 5 medals on the Olympics, wrestling is India’s second-most profitable sport on the summer season Olympics after hockey. After a below-par efficiency in Rio 2016, which noticed Sakshi Malik grabbing a bronze within the girls’s 58 kg, the Indian wrestling contingent could be hoping for a greater outing this time round with Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia main the pack.
World No.1 Vinesh Phogat has been in chic type within the run-up to Tokyo 2020 because the star Indian wrestler gained gold in March by successful the Matteo Pellicone occasion.
After conquering Rome, Vinesh then clinched the gold on the Poland Open on June 11 by beating Ukraine’s Ekaterina Poleshchuk 8-0 within the ultimate. It was after these wins, she jumped 14 factors to turn out to be the No.1 wrestler on the earth and was then additionally seeded #1 within the girls’s 53kg class.
For Vinesh, the upcoming Olympics may even be a shot at redemption after her disappointing outing on the 2016 Olympics when she was injured and disqualified from the showpiece.
Notably, the 26-year-old was the primary Indian wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics when she grabbed a bronze medal on the 2019 World Championships.
In males’s, three-time world medallist and seven-time Asian medallist, Bajrang Punia would be the flagbearer for India in arguably one of the aggressive weight classes in wrestling which is the freestyle 65kg class.
India’s prime hope for an Olympic medal in Tokyo, Bajrang Punia, is seeded second within the 65kg weight class by UWW, behind the top-seeded Russian Gadzhimurad Rashidov.
Since incomes his qualification on the World Championships in Kazakhstan in 2019, the place he had gained a bronze, Bajrang gained gold medals on the Rome Rating Collection in 2020 and 2021 and silver medals at two successive Asian Championships.
The 27-year-old is the one Indian to win three medals at wrestling world championships and is primed to make his mark on world’s greatest sporting stage.
Within the 86kg class, Deepak Punia who’s seeded second behind Iranian Hassan Yazdani can be a serious medal hopeful. Deepak Punia gained a silver medal on the 2019 World Wrestling Championships within the freestyle 86kg class and secured a spot for the Tokyo Video games.
The opposite Indian males’s wrestler, Ravi Kumar Dahiya is seeded fourth within the 57kg class for the upcoming marquee occasion, Ravi additionally gained a bronze medal on the 2019 World Wrestling Championships to e book his place.
Anshu Malik, Sonam Malik, and Seema Bisla are the opposite Indian girls wrestlers who will probably be desirous to dominate the mat on the greatest stage.
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