Nisha Dahiya secures India’s fifth quota in wrestling at Paris Olympics

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Nisha Dahiya

In a historic moment for Indian women’s wrestling, Nisha Dahiya secured the fifth quota for the Paris Olympics. This achievement marks the first time India will have five women wrestlers at the quadrennial extravaganza.

Nisha Dahiya’s remarkable performance in Istanbul

Nisha, a 24-year-old world U-23 bronze medallist, won the quota at the World Olympic Qualifiers in Istanbul. She defeated Alexandra Anghel of Romania 8-4 in the semi-finals. This victory not only secured her place in the final but also ensured another Olympic quota for India.

Nisha took an early lead with a flurry of attacks in the first period, quickly establishing a comfortable 6-0 cushion. By the end of the first period, she had an unassailable 8-0 lead. Despite a spirited comeback from Anghel in the second period, Nisha defended her lead and sailed through.

This achievement adds to Nisha’s impressive wrestling resume, which includes a bronze medal at the World U-23 Championships and a silver medal at the Asian Championships. Her success also highlights the growing strength of Indian women’s wrestling on the global stage.

Nisha’s journey to securing the Olympic quota was not without challenges. She had to overcome a tough quarterfinal against top seed Adela Hanzlickova of the Czech Republic. Despite a shaky start, Nisha managed to bounce back from a 0-3 deficit and secure a 7-4 victory.

Full list of Qualified Indian Athletes in the Paris Olympics 2024 [Updated]

The other Indian women wrestlers who have won quotas for the Paris Olympics are Vinesh Phogat (50kg), Antim Panghal (53kg), Anshu Malik (57kg), and Reetika Hooda (76kg). Their achievements, along with Nisha’s, represent a significant milestone for Indian wrestling.

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