Nineteen-year-old Sonam Malik will start India’s marketing campaign in wrestling on the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. The nation will probably be anticipating a couple of medals from the star grapplers.
Sonam, the youngest within the seven-member squad, will meet Asian Championships silver medallist Bolortuya Khurelkhuu within the first spherical 62kg conflict.
For India, the star attraction will probably be top-seeded Vinesh Phogat (53kg) and triple Worlds medallist Bajrang Punia (65kg).
An in-form Vinesh, the one Indian lady wrestler to compete in two Olympics, stands an opportunity to erase her unhappy recollections of Rio. Japanese Worlds silver medallist Mayu Mukaida, who has crushed the Indian a number of occasions, will probably be a risk.
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Twice Worlds medallist Chinese language Pang Qianyu, 55kg American World champion Jacarra Winchester, Swedish World and Olympic medallist Sofia Mattsson, double World champion Vanesa Kaladzinshaya from Belarus are the opposite large names.
Second-ranked famous person Bajrang, who has constantly bought medals in elite occasions in the previous couple of years, is one other robust medal contender.
Russian high seed and World champion Gadzhimurad Rashidov, former World champions Japanese Takuto Otoguro, and Azerbaijani Haji Aliyev are in probably the most aggressive area.
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Fourth-seeded Ravi Dahiya (57kg), a Worlds bronze medallist, is eager to show his value.
His area includes World champion Yuki Takahashi of Japan, Worlds medalists Suleyman Atli of Turkey and American Thomas Gilman.
Second-ranked Worlds silver medallist Deepak Punia (86kg) additionally faces a star-studded area, together with World and Olympic champion Iranian Hassan Yazdani, Worlds bronze medalists Stefan Reichmuth of Switzerland and Artur Naifonov of Russia and former American World champion David Taylor.
Anshu Malik (57kg) and Seema Bisla (50kg) are desirous to make their mark.
It’s a difficult area for Anshu with World and Olympic champion Japanese Risako Kawai, former World champion Rong Ningning of China, twice Worlds bronze medallist Belarusian Iryna Kurachkina, and double World champion American Helen Maroulis.
Triple Olympic medalist Azerbaijani Maria Stadnik, double Worlds medallist Ana Vuc of Romania and Particular person World Cup winner Russian Ekaterina Poleshchuk are the highest rivals in Seema’s class.