Tokyo Olympics 2020: Seema Bisla becomes fourth woman wrestler to qualify; Sumit Malik settles for silver
Seema Bisla on Friday became the fourth Indian woman wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Games by reaching the final of the 50kg competition
Sofia (Bulgaria): Seema Bisla on Friday became the fourth Indian woman wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Games by reaching the final of the 50kg competition even as Sumit Malik settled for a silver medal after conceding his final bout due to a knee injury at the World Olympic Qualifiers.
Seema booked an Olympic berth for herself after a close 2-1 win over European Championship bronze medallist Anna Lukasiak of Poland, showing tremendous defensive skills in the semi-final.
After giving away a point on passivity, Seema pulled off a quick take down in the first period for a 2-1 lead, which she kept till the end to earn the quota.
She will now fight for gold against Ecuador's Lucia Yamileth Yepez Guzman on Saturday.
The 29-year-old is the fourth Indian to qualify for the Games after celebrated Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Anshu Malik (57kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg).
It will be first time that four Indian women wrestlers will compete in the Olympics. In the 2106 edition, three Indian women wrestlers had competed.
Nisha (68kg) and Pooja (76kg), however, failed to win quota after losing their respective bouts.
Meanwhile, Malik, who had become only the fourth men's free style wrestler to qualify for the Olympics, did not take the mat for his 125kg gold medal fight against Russia's Sergei Kozyrev, the 2018 Youth Olympic champion, due to injury.
This will be the Indian women's hockey team's third appearance at the Games, the previous two arriving in 1980 and 2016.
A total of 100 Indian athletes have so far qualified and another 25 to 35 might make the cut for the delayed Tokyo Olympics scheduled from 23 July to 8 August.
The Tokyo Olympics, which are to open in just over six weeks amid a pandemic, are going to be the “no cheers" Olympics with testing and vaccinations taking priority over fun and games.