December 2, 2022

Tokyo 2020 is coming into its remaining week of competitions, however the Indian wrestlers haven’t but began their journey to Olympic glory. Their quest for medals begins on Tuesday when the gutsy, unassuming Sonam Malik takes to the mat in girls’s 62kg class. The 19-year-old from Haryana’s Madina village in Sonepat would be the sole Indian wrestler in motion on the opening day of freestyle occasions on the Video games. She has a tricky draw, her path riddled with Olympic and world champions. Sonam should be at her aggressivebest to search out her well past these champions from Europe and Central Asia.
She shall be first up towards Mongolia’s Bolortuya Khurelkhuu — an Asian Championships silver medallist — within the opener. A victory will pit her towards former World champion, Bulgaria’s Taybe Mustafa Yusein, within the quarters. Sonam, who has dethroned Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik because the nation’s numero uno grappler in her most popular weight class, shall be cautious of her recurring knee harm which has troubled her within the months main as much as the Video games.
India’s actual problem in wrestling is predicted to return from Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, and a darkish horse in Ravi Dahiya. Vinesh shall be competing in her second Olympics. She made a painful, injury-forced exit from Rio 2016, however is now coming into the competitors because the World No.1 and high seed within the girls’s 53kg class.


Vinesh has been unbeatable this 12 months, having participated in 4 tournaments and successful the gold in all. She is the primary lady wrestler to win gold medals on the 2018 CWG and Asian Video games and has seamlessly transitioned from 48kg division to 53kg for the Olympics. Having crisscrossed Europe — Poland, Estonia and Hungary — to organize for the Olympics, the 2019 Nur-Sultan World Championships bronze medallist shall be trying to put behind Rio’s disappointment with a gold-winning effort on the Video games.
Vinesh’s weight class boasts of a world-class area, however it’s her big-ticket match-up with Japan’s two-time World champion Mayu Mukaida which everybody shall be ready for. The 2 are unlikely to satisfy earlier than the ultimate.
Bajrang (males’s freestyle 65kg), then again, shall be heading into his debut Olympic Video games because the World No. 2, seeded second behind Russia’s Rashidov Gadzhimurad. Bajrang, who together with Ravi (57kg)and Deepak Punia (86kg), was coaching in Russia’s Vladikavkaz metropolis for the Olympics, should hit the bottom operating towards a battery of heavyweights within the type of World champion Rashidov, Kazakhstan’s twotime Worlds medallist Daulet Niyazbekov and Azerbaijan’s Olympic medallist and three-time World champion Haji Aliyev, amongst others.


Whereas Bajrang has been one of the vital constant performers since turning into the CWG and Asian Video games champion in 2018, his current knee harm, suffered throughout the Ali Aliyev invitational event in Russia in June, has raised a query mark over his Olympic marketing campaign.
Rivals would definitely be trying to pay money for Bajrang’s injured knee and go for an all-out leg assault towards him. However, a champion wrestler like Bajrang is aware of find out how to tame his hunters.
Ravi, a technically and tactically-sound grappler, has shone vivid on the world stage with back-to-back Asian titles in 2020 and 2021. A product of Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi, Ravi would fancy himself successful a bronze via the repechage route.
Deepak has been seeded second within the competitors however his build-up to the Olympics hasn’t been as clean as he would have preferred. He suffered a left elbow harm which compelled him to overlook the Poland Open, the final event earlier than the Olympics. Within the girls’s, Seema Bisla (50kg) and Anshu Malik (57kg) are anticipated to create a few upsets however their lack of big-event expertise may work towards them.

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