India’s Olympic contingent is rising daily and the wrestlers have proven an immense quantity of promise. We check out a number of of the wrestlers who’ve certified to date over the previous few years and months and are going for the Tokyo Olympics.
The teenager broke all expectations on his technique to qualifying for Tokyo. In his debut qualification event that befell in Nur Sultan, he defeated Arsen Harutyunyan(European Champion) within the pre-quarterfinals earlier than occurring to beat the 2017 world champion Yuki Takahashi within the subsequent spherical. Regardless of dropping out within the semi-final Ravi Kumar Dahiya asserted himself in two main means. The primary was that he misplaced regardless of making a comeback in direction of the ultimate levels of the match regardless of being down 6-0. The rating ended at 6-4. The second was that he managed to qualify for the Olympics by securing a bronze medal.
Bajrang Punia – 65kg
The gold medallist on the Rome Championships this 12 months had already certified for the Olympics by securing a seeded place by advantage of his rank. At the start of 2020, he was ranked third on this planet behind Gadzhimurad Rashidov and Daulet Niyazbekov. This was later modified with subsequent victories within the World Championships and the Matteo Pellicone occasion at Rome. The factors added to his tally propelled him to second place within the 65kg class that resulted in an computerized seeded Olympic quota place for him.
Vinesh Phogat – 53kg
One would assume that Vinesh Phogat has not certified for the Olympics given how onerous she has been getting ready over the previous few months and the vigour with which she has contested in World Championships. Nonetheless, she has already secured a berth within the Olympics again in 2019. She received a bronze medal in her semi-final bout by beating Maria Perovalakri. It was not solely an Olympic berth secured for her however was additionally the primary time she had received a medal on the world championships.
Deepak Punia – 86kg
The primary wrestler in Indian historical past to win the junior world championships, Deepak Punia created historical past for himself after claiming the primary place as being bestowed with the ‘Junior Freestyler of the 12 months’ award by the United World Wrestling Organisation in 2019. The identical 12 months, he took half within the World Championships and made a surprising run to the ultimate. That is what assured him a spot within the Olympics although he didn’t handle to complete his remaining match resulting from an harm.
Anshu Malik – 57kg
She too went on a rampage via her qualification rounds and misplaced solely 2 factors on her means until the ultimate. Similarly, she managed to say a spot on the Tokyo Olympics regardless of dropping out within the finals by a rating of 7-4. Each Anshu and Sonam had strenuous journey previous to their occasions and had been above their weight classes till their first match started. They had been even exercising within the airport earlier than their flight as a way to benefit from their alternative. In doing so, Anshu Malik turns into the fifth wrestler to qualify for the Olympics from India.
The Asian Olympic Qualifiers being held in Kazakhastan had been one of many previous couple of levels of Olympic Qualification for Indian wrestlers. Sonam Malik capitalised on this chance introduced to safe herself a berth within the 62kg class. The teenager from Haryana was trailing by a rating of 0-6 within the semi-final spherical earlier than making a surprising comeback to win 9-6 and declare a spot within the remaining. Though she didn’t end the ultimate, her spot at Tokyo is assured in mild of her victorious run on the Asian qualifiers.
Extra Indian wrestlers who missed an opportunity to qualify on the Asian Olympic Qualifiers will probably be vying for the Olympic spot on the World Olympics Qualifiers in Might.