Seema Bisla wins gold on the World Olympic Qualifier in Bulgaria. (Twitter Picture)
SOFIA (Bulgaria): Seema Bisla added a gold medal to her Olympic qualification however India’s Greco Roman wrestlers drew a clean on the World Olympic Qualifiers as none of them might earn a Tokyo Video games quota, right here on Saturday.
Seema, who secured her Olympic qualification on Friday, took the 50kg gold with out getting on the mat as her rival from Ecuador, Lucia Yamileth Yepez Guzman withdrew from the ultimate due an harm.
It’s the first worldwide title for 29-year-old Seema since she triumphed on the Yasar Dogu occasion in July 2019.
Within the Greco Roman competitors, India’s brightest hope was Gurpreet Singh however he was ousted after shedding his 77kg pre-quarterfinal in simply 48 seconds to 2020 European champion Rafig Huseynov from Azerbaijan.
Huseynov pulled off a fast four-point transfer to stun Gurpreet. Earlier than Gurpreet might regroup, the Azerbaijani effected one other four-pointer to finish the bout within the first interval itself.
Gurpreet, who had gained a bronze medal ultimately month’s Asian Qualifiers, had obtained a walkover from Tajikistan’s Daler Rez Zade in his opening bout.
All Greco Roman wrestlers reduce a sorry determine as none of them might win a bout.
Sachin Rana (60kg) forfeited his opening bout after falling sick.
“He was feeling unwell after the weigh-in. He stated he observed blood in his urine, so we withdrew him from the competitors. Well being is paramount,” India’s nationwide coach Hargobind Singh informed PTI.
Ashu (67kg) squandered ‘Par Terre’ place benefit to lose 3-8 in opposition to Aliaksandr Liavonchyk of Belarus.
Sunil Kumar missed probabilities aplenty in opposition to 2016 Olympic champion Davit Chakvatadze within the 87kg pre-quarterfinal. He was up 1-0 however didn’t reap the benefits of the ‘Par Terre’ as he let the Russian get out of the defensive place.
Chakvatadze was drained in direction of the ends however the Indian couldn’t reap the benefits of even that.
Deepanshu was pinned by Spain’s Jesus Gasca Fresnada when he was trailing 3-7 in his 97kg pre-quarterfinal.
Hargobind stated it was all the time tough for Indians to get by means of this competitors, contemplating the presence of sturdy Europeans wrestlers.
“Gurpreet’s weight had 30 wrestlers. Greco Roman may be very in style in Europe. They’ve the benefit of sparring with sturdy wrestlers. In Indian subcontinent, this model will not be in style. We had a greater probability at Asian Qualifier.
“Additionally, there was not sufficient time to arrange as a result of the Nationals have been delayed as a result of pandemic which resulted in late choice. We couldn’t prepare a coaching journey overseas. You aren’t getting good Greco wrestlers in Indian sub-continent,” Hargobind reasoned.
Solely the 2 finalists got the Tokyo Olympics quota on this competitors.
Total, India will subject its greatest ever contingent of eight wrestlers on the Tokyo Video games 4 males’s freestyle wrestlers and as many ladies wrestlers.
Within the final version in 2016, India had fielded seven wrestlers two males’s free model, two Greco Roman and three girls wrestlers.
Males’s freestyle wrestler Sumit Malik (125kg) and Seema Bisla (50kg, girls) earned quotas from this occasion in Sofia.
Earlier than this occasion, Ravi Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Deepak Punia (86kg) and Vinesh Phogat (girls’s 53kg) had certified by means of the 2019 World Championship in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Younger weapons Anshu Malik (57kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg) had additionally certified by means of the Asian Qualifier in Almaty, final month.