2022 World Wrestling Championships | Greco-Roman wrestlers draw, Sonam Malik exits early

Sonam Malika has made an early exit from the 2022 World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, after being defeated by Pan American Champion Ana Godinez of Canada in the first round of the women’s 62kg category. Malik qualified for the main draw by beating Uzbek Ayaulym Kassymova 8-0.

After the first round of the main draw, Sonam Malik had a 2-0 advantage over Ana Godinez. However, Ana Godinez, who is also a silver medalist from the 2022 Commonwealth Games, gained seven points in the second round without giving up ground to continue.

Sushma Shokeen, who won bronze in the women’s 55kg division at the Asian Championships in April, qualified for the repechage rounds. She immediately charged into the main rounds and defeated Pan American champion Yaynelis Sanz Verdecia by a very slim 2-1 margin.

In the quarter-finals, the Indian grappler gave bronze medalist Oleksandra Khomenets of Ukraine a solid fight but ultimately lost 10-5 despite a brief lead. Although Oleksandra Khomenets made it to the final, Sushma Shokeen still has a chance of winning bronze through repechage.

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Four Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers competed on Monday, but none of them qualified for the medal round. Ashu (67 kg) and Deepanshu (97 kg) were defeated in the rematch by incumbent European champions Murat Firat of Turkey and Nikoloz Kakhelashvili of Italy, respectively. Gyanender (60kg) beat Leo Alexandre Sylvain Tudezca of France 6-4 in qualifying, but Liguo Cao of China beat him 11-0 in the first round due to his technical superiority.

In qualifying for the 130 kg weight class, Satish was beaten 10-1 by Sabah Saleh Shariati of Azerbaijan due to his technical superiority. Tuesday, Priyanka (76 kg women) and Vinesh Phogat (women 53kg), both silver medalists at the under-20 world championships, will compete.

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Robert J. King