Tokyo Olympics: Wrestler Sonam Malik’s dream shattered, ending her journey after losing in the first round

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Tokyo: Indian women’s wrestler Sonam on Tuesday crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics after losing her first bout in the 62kg women’s freestyle category. In a round of 8 match on Mat B of Makuhari Messe Hall-A, Sonam faced Asian Championship silver medalist Bolortuya of Mongolia, which was won by Bolortuya.

Wrestler Sonam Malik’s dream shattered

By the end the score was 2-2, but Bollortuya was declared the winner on the basis of two points together in the second period. Sonam had taken a 1-0 lead till the end of the first period. In the second period too, Sonam scored a point and took a 2-0 lead.

The journey ended after losing in the first round

However, Bolortuya won the second period with two points at once. Despite the defeat, there was hope of a medal for Sonam, because if Bolortuya had reached the final, Sonam would have got a chance to play repechage. Bolortuya, however, lost her next match in just 50 seconds, and with this, Sonam’s journey to the Tokyo Olympics came to an end.

India’s Sakshi Malik had lost her quarterfinal match in the Rio Olympics, but despite this she got a chance to play repechage. This was because after losing to Russian finalist Valeria Koblova in the quarterfinals, she qualified for the repechage round.

He defeated Purevdorzin Orkhon of Mongolia in his first match in the repechage round. She won the bronze medal and became the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal, despite going 0–5 at one stage in the repechage medal playoff, following an 8–5 victory over reigning Asian champion Aisulu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan.

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