December 2, 2022


The repechage rounds in wrestling have introduced in three medals within the Olympics for India. The repechage spherical derives its which means from the time period ‘repecher’ in French, which accurately means rescue. Repechage rounds are current in a number of sports activities occasions like wrestling, baseball, softball, seaside volleyball, biking, fencing, rowing, rugby, crusing, monitor and subject athletics, taekwondo and karate.

How does repechage work in wrestling?

The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) launched the repechage rounds within the Beijing Olympics 2008. The Beijing Olympics was the primary main occasion to characteristic the repechage rounds.

The repechage spherical allowed the wrestler to have a shot at a third-place/bronze medal end in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling occasions included within the Olympics, regardless of dropping within the knockouts. The wrestlers who misplaced a bout to the eventual finalists in every class within the semi-finals or earlier are allowed one other likelihood to win the bronze medal.

Suppose if two wrestlers – X and Y, lose to wrestler A within the knockout rounds after which wrestler A reaches the ultimate, then wrestler X and Y will face-off in opposition to one another for a bronze medal in Repechage.

A ultimate clearly happens between two wrestlers, for instance A and B. Now, the 2 wrestlers who misplaced to wrestler B within the knockout rounds additionally face off one another for a bronze medal in Repechage rounds. In easy phrases, if wrestler M and N had misplaced to wrestler B in knockout rounds they’ll face one another in repechage.

Thus, wrestling awards two bronze medals on the Olympics – one for the winner of Repechage between X and Y and one to the winner of Repechage between M and N.

The argument behind the second likelihood for the dropping wrestlers is that it has been deemed unfair {that a} promising wrestler faces an early exit within the event due to dealing with a stronger wrestler early within the event.

Sushil Kumar received the Bronze in Beijing 2008 Olympics.

How did repechage assist Indian wrestlers?

Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt and Sakshi Malik have bagged Bronze medals within the Olympics with the repechage spherical coming to their rescue. Kumar completed third within the 66kg class on the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Dutt clinched bronze within the 60kg class on the London 2012 Olympics whereas Malik turned the primary ever feminine wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal as she received bronze within the 58kg class on the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Kumar misplaced to eventual silver medallist Ukraine’s Andriy Stadnik in Spherical 16, thus making it to the repechage. The London 2012 Olympic silver medallist registered wins over Doug Schwab (USA) and Albert Batyrov (Belarus) earlier than upstaging Leonid Spiridonov (Kyrgzyzstan) within the repechage ultimate.

Dutt misplaced to Besik Kudukhov (Russia) in Spherical 16 and entered the repechage after the Russian made it to the ultimate. He overcame the challenges from Franklin Gomez (Puerto Rico) and Masoud Esmaeilpour (Iran) within the first two repechage rounds earlier than rising victorious over Ri Jong-Myong (North Korea) within the repechage ultimate.

Mallick succumbed to a loss to Valeria Koblova (Russia) within the quarter-finals earlier than coming into the repechage. Mallick outscored Pürevdorjiin Orkhon (Myanmar) and Aisuluu Tynybekova (Kyrgyztsan) to win the historic Bronze medal within the Rio 2016 Olympics.



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