India’s young wrestlers Anshu Malik and Sonam Malik produced impressive performances in the Asian Olympic Qualifiers here on Saturday to qualify for the Tokyo Games.
Anshu, 19, and Sonam, 18, making a steady transition from the junior to the senior circuit, joined senior pro Vinesh Phogat (53kg) in making the Olympics cut. India now have three women wrestlers, who will now fight for glory at the Summer Games.
Vinesh had qualified through the 2019 World Championship. Overall, India now has seven wrestlers who have qualified for the upcoming Games.
Among men, Bajrang Punia (65kg), Ravi Dahiya (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg) qualified in the men’s free style event.
While Anshu was dominant in 57kg competition, Sonam’s resilience eventually helped her secure the quota and shut the door on Rio Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik.
Such was Anshu’s dominance that she conceded only two points en…