Wrestler Sonam Malik won’t get an opportunity to seek the bronze decoration at the Tokyo Olympics as she lost her opportunity to battle in the Repechage round after her first-round adversary lost her next session on Tuesday.
India’s wrestling effort at the Olympics started on a baffling note on Tuesday as Sonam Malik lost her initial session against Bolortuya Khurelkhuu in the ladies’ free-form 62kg 1/8 last.
Sonam might have finished in the Repechage round had Bolortuya come to the last of her weight classification however she lost to Taybe Mustafa Yusein of Bulgaria in the quarterfinals.
Grapplers who lose in pre-quarterfinals or last-8 get an opportunity to battle for the bronze decoration in the Repechage round if the rival they lost to arrives at the last in that weight classification. The champ then, at that point faces the losing semi-finalist for the bronze decoration session.
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Sonam, the main Indian to take the mat at Tokyo 2020, had ruled greater part of her session against Asian Championship silver medallist Bolortuya and was driving 2-0 until the last snapshots of the last round on account of two push-outs.
Be that as it may, Bolortuya shocked the Indian by affecting a takedown move with only 35 seconds left in the challenge to even out the score. The score stayed 2-2 till the end yet since it was the Mongolian who scored the last point with her turn, she was proclaimed champ on standards.
“Sonam was certainly a preferable grappler over the Mongolian yet she committed an error by being over cautious. That was a mix-up. All things considered, she has enormous stage insight,” Sonam’s mentor Ajmer Malik told PTI.
Sonam, a double cross Cadet World Champion (2017, 2019), had equipped for the Tokyo Olympics by making the last at the Asian Qualifier in April in Almaty.