Seema wins gold, Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers return empty-handed from world Olympic qualifying


Seema Bisla overtook her on Saturday as the Tokyo Olympics-linked wrestler ended her campaign in World Olympics qualifiers here by winning the gold medal in the women’s 50kg.

Seema, who secured an Olympic quota spot on Friday, won the gold medal after her opponent Lucia Yamileth of Ecuador withdrew from the final due to injury.

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Nisha Dahiya (68 kg), the other wrestler in the scrum, lost 5-1 to Turkey’s Buse Tosun in a repechage match.

Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers had a disappointing day as none of them managed to secure a quota for the Tokyo Olympics. Sachin Rana (60 kg) lost their fight in the first round due to illness, while Ashu (67 kg) and Deepanshu (97 kg) lost in the first round.

Gurpreet Singh (77kg) and Sunil Kumar (87kg) also lost early but remained in the race for bronze at the time of writing.

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The Indian wrestlers collected a total of eight Olympic quota places, including four each in the men’s and women’s freestyle sections. The country secured eight wrestling places, including three each in men’s and women’s freestyle and two in Greco-Roman, at the Rio Olympics as well. He could only field seven after Narsingh Yadav (74 kg) was suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) due to a doping violation.

The eight Indian wrestlers who qualified for the Olympics are – Seema Bisla (50kg), Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Anshu Malik (57kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg), Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg) Deepak Punia (86 kg) and Sumit Malik (125 kg).


Robert J. King