Double joy celebration for Indian sports fraternity as Sonam Malik and Anshu Malik qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. With some impressive performances, Sonam Malik and Anshu Malik qualified for Tokyo Olympics by winning their respective semi-finals at Asian Olympic Qualifiers on Saturday.
The 18-year-old Sonam Malik got the better of home favorite Ayaulym Kassymova in the 62 Kg category while Anshu defeated Shokhida Akhmedova of Uzbekistan in the Wrestling’s 57 kg category.
It was a commendable comeback from Sonam Malik to earn her place for Tokyo Summer Games. Sonam was once trailing 0-6, only to bounce back and win 9-6 in her semi-final bout. Sonam Malik has been in the news due to her consistent performances for the past few years. Sonam Malik, who won the 2017 and 2019 Cadet World Championships gold medals, has also got the better of Sakshi Malik twice in the same year. Now, Sonam has become the youngest female wrestler to qualify for the Olympics.
Sonam wins Olympic quota!#SonamMalik makes a remarkable comeback from 0-6 down to beat home favourite Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan 9-6 to win a #Tokyo2020 in women’s 62 kg wrestling at the Asian Olympic Qualifier. She becomes the 3rd Indian female & 6th Wrestler to win quota pic.twitter.com/FAKkHaDNXV
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Meanwhile, Anshu Malik has completely dominated the 57 kg category. She won the first round of qualifiers with impressive dominance and won 10-0 against Jieun Um of Korea. Similarly, with the same score, she also overcame the second round. In the semi-finals, Anshu defeated Uzbekistan’s Akhmedova 12-2 to seal her maiden ticket to Tokyo Olympics.
Other Wrestlers Falter in their categories
It was not a good opening day for the Indian sports enthusiast. Other wrestlers Pooja (76kg), Nisha (68kg) and Seema (50kg) faltered in their respective categories.
Pooja who is into the 76 kg category, lost her first two bouts but came back strong to win the third bout. Her efforts were not enough to earn her Olympics berth.
While Nisha just missed the bus. She won the first two bouts but failed to win the semi-finals. She lost to Kyrgyzstan Meerim Zhumanazarova 3-13. India did not field any wrestler in the 53 kg category as Vinesh Phogat had already qualified by winning the 2019 World Championships.
On other hand, Seema exited from the qualifiers winless. She lost all three bouts against Mongolia’s Namuuntsetseg Tsogt Ochir, Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova of Uzbekistan and Japanese wrestler Yui Susaki.