Teenage wrestling sensations Anshu Malik and Sonam Malik booked Tokyo Olympics berths as they stormed into the final of Asian Olympic qualifiers in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Sunday.
Anshu was relentless as she punched her ticket to Tokyo Olympics in 57 kg with force and steely composure. The teenager proved too strong for her rivals and won all her bouts through technical superiority and reached the final with a 12-2 victory over Shokhida Akhmedova of Uzbekistan.
She started with an impressive victory over Korea’s Jiuen Um 10-0 and then defeated Kazakhstan’s Emma Tissina with the same margin. The 19-year-old conceded her first point in the semi-final against Shokhida when the Uzbek wrestler made it 4-2.
Anshu stepped up attacks and grabbed six points to finish the first period with a 10-2 lead. She wrapped it up in the second period.
18-year-old Sonam was in trouble in the semi-final of 62kg against Asian Championships silver medallist Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan as she was down 0-6 at the start of the bout.
She, however, made a stunning comeback and turned the deficit against the home favourite, clinching victory 9-6.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 10/04/2021