Vinesh Phogat, Anshu Malik, Reetika, and Mansi have advanced to the semifinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifier

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Vinesh Phogat

The Asian Olympic Qualifier, a crucial event for wrestlers aiming to secure their spots for the Paris 2024 Olympics, saw a strong performance from the Indian women’s wrestling team. Four Indian wrestlers – Vinesh Phogat, Anshu Malik, Mansi Ahlawat, and Reetika – advanced to the semifinals, inching closer to securing their Olympic quotas.

Vinesh Phogat’s wins against an easy draw

Vinesh Phogat, competing in the 50kg category, dominated her opponents with an easy draw. She swiftly subdued her Korean rival, Miran Cheon, in just 1 minute and 39 seconds, utilizing gut-wrench moves and a decisive takedown. In her subsequent bout, she pinned Cambodia’s Smanang Dit in a mere 67 seconds. Vinesh is now one win away from securing her Paris Olympics quota.

Anshu Malik, the 2021 World Championship silver medallist, secured a quarterfinal victory over Kyrgyzstan’s Kalmira Bilimbekova with technical superiority. She is also one step away from securing her Olympic quota.

Mansi Ahlawat (62kg) clinched her spot in the last four with a hard-fought 6-4 win against Kazakhstan’s Irina Kuznetsova. She is now closer to securing her Olympic quota.

U23 world champion Reetika (76kg) showcased her prowess with victories over Eunju Hwang and Mongolia’s Davaanasan Enkh Amar, advancing to the semifinals. She is also nearing her Olympic quota.

Despite her efforts, Nisha Dahiya (68kg) fell short of reaching the semifinals. She managed a win against North Korea’s Sol Gum Pak but faced tough competition against local favourite Meerim Zhumanazarova. Despite overpowering Kazakhstan’s Yelena Shalygina in round three, Nisha’s point tally wasn’t enough to secure a top-four position.

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