India at Tokyo Olympics – Indian wrestlers at Tokyo Olympics: Last time at the 2016 Rio Olympics, one of the two medals that India won came from Wrestling. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, India will be sending a record wrestling contingent of seven wrestlers, three male wrestlers and four female wrestlers. All seven wrestlers will be competing in the freestyle category, and there’s no Indian representation in the Greco-Roman event. Follow Tokyo Olympics Indian Wrestlers LIVE on InsideSport.co, Watch Tokyo Olympics Live Streaming on SonyLIV
Indian wrestlers at Tokyo Olympics
- Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg)
- Bajrang Punia (65kg)
- Deepak Punia (86kg)
- Seema Bisla (50kg)
- Vinesh Phogat (53kg)
- Anshu Malik (57kg)
- Sonam Malik (62kg)
India at Tokyo Olympics – Indian wrestlers at Tokyo Olympics: Let’s look at five wrestlers who can win Olympic medals for India
Ravi Kumar Dahiya
Ravi Kumar Dahiya, on the back of his gold medal-winning performance at the 2021 Asian Championships, will be the favourite to finish on the podium in the 57kg category. He has also won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships in this category.
Bajrang Punia representing India in the men’s freestyle 65kg category, is the best bet for winning an Olympic medal. He has three world championship medals to his name, which no other wrestler in this contingent has. The wrestler won bronze in 2013, silver in 2018 and bronze in the 2019 World Championships. The 27-years-old wrestler will also be the flag bearer for the country in the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony.
Deepak Punia’s silver medal finish at the 2019 World Wrestling championships speaks volumes about his calibre. He recently won a silver in the 2021 Asian Championships making him the dark horse favourite going into the Olympics.
If not for that injury, Vinesh Phogat could have very well landed on the podium at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The former world number one will be competing in the 53 kg and is one of the bright medal prospects for India. Her most significant performance was winning bronze at the 2019 World Wrestling Championships.
Anshu Malik is a 19-years-old wrestler and if she wins a medal for India, that will be some story to cherish. She recently won a gold medal in the 57kg category at the 2021 Asian Championships and will be the wrestler to watch out at the Olympics.
India at Tokyo Olympics – Wrestling schedule Tokyo Olympics
- Tuesday, 03rd August, (07:30 – 10:00) (IST)
– Women’s Freestyle 62kg 1/8 Finals (Sonam Malik)
- Wednesday, 04th August, (07:30 – 10:00) (IST)
– Women’s Freestyle 57kg 1/8 Finals (Anshu Malik)
– Men’s Freestyle 57kg 1/8 Finals (Ravi Kumar Dahiya)
– Men’s Freestyle 86kg 1/8 Finals (Deepak Punia)
- Thursday, 05th August, (07:30 – 10:00) (IST)
– Women’s Freestyle 53kg 1/8 Finals (Vinesh Phogat)
- Friday, 6 August, (07:30 – 10:00) (IST)
– Men’s Freestyle 65kg 1/8 Finals (Bajrang Punia)
– Women’s Freestyle 50kg 1/8 Finals (Seema Bisla)
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India at Tokyo Olympics – India Wrestling History at Olympics: Let’s look at five medals won by India in wrestling.
1952 Helsinki Olympics
Khashabha Dadasaheb Jadhav won a bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 57kg category event at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. He was the first Indian to win an individual Olympic medal for independent India.
2008 Beijing Olympics
After nearly 56 years of medal drought for India in wrestling at the Olympics, Sushil Kumar broke the medal drought by winning a bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 66kg category.
2012 London Olympics
There were two medals for India at this Olympics. First, it was Yogeshwar Dutt winning a bronze in the men’s freestyle 60kg category. Then Sushil won a silver medal, making him the first Indian individual athlete to have more than one Olympic medal.
2016 Rio Olympics
India had won only two medals in this Olympics and one of them came from wrestling. Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal in the 58kg category and became the first Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal.
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