World No. 1 wrestler Vinesh Phogat made it to the quarter-finals, while Anshu Malik dropped out of Tokyo 2020 after losing the repechage.
Sports Desk: In the women’s freestyle wrestling 53 kg category at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the world’s No. 1 wrestler Vinesh Phogat started his campaign by defeating Sweden’s Sofia Magdalena MATTSSON. Now they have reached the quarter finals. Indian wrestler Sophia dominated and won 7-1 in the 1/8 final.
Meanwhile, Indian wrestler Anshu Malik dropped out of Tokyo 2020 on Thursday after losing to Valeria Koblova of the Russian Olympic Committee in the women’s freestyle 57 kg repechage. Valeria Koblova of the Russian Olympic Committee defeated the Indian wrestler 5-1. Participating in her first games, Anshu fought bravely, but lost these matches due to lack of experience.
August 5 is Anshu’s birthday
Celebrating his 20th birthday on Thursday, Anshu started the match on the front foot, but the Rio 2016 silver medalist defended himself and took a 1-0 lead in the first round. Valeria Koblova got the second ‘shot clock’ in the second half, in which Malik started scoring in the match. In the last 30 seconds of the match, Koblova turned the match in his favor and captured 4 points. With this, Anshu’s journey to Tokyo ended and Valeria Koblova advanced to the bronze medal match. She will now face Bulgaria’s Evelina Georgieva Nikolova.