Wrestler Aman Sehrawat gets Paris Olympic quota for India, Deepak Punia out

Istanbul. Aman Sehrawat lived up to expectations and secured a Paris Olympic quota in the men’s freestyle 57kg category, but Deepak Punia was out of the qualification race after a crushing first round defeat at the World Qualifiers here on Saturday. A strong performance was expected from Under-23 World Champion and Senior Asian Championship winner Aman in 57kg and the 20-year-old wrestler did not disappoint. He also saved India from embarrassment, as no male wrestler had previously secured a Paris Olympics quota. Aman, who trains at Chhatrasal Stadium, won all three of his matches by double digit scores, out of which two were by technical superiority.

He defeated Jozyu Valentinov 10-4 before defeating Ukraine’s Andriy Yatsenko. Yatsenko challenged the Indian wrestler but Aman proved too strong for him. Aman won by technical superiority after ‘take down’ his opponent. He defeated Chongsong Han of North Korea in the semi-finals by a margin of 12–2. Sujit Kalkal registered a 3-2 win against Umidzon Jalolov of Uzbekistan in 65kg and then defeated Junsik Yun of Korea by technical superiority.

Sujeet entered the semi-finals by defeating Canada’s Lachlan Morris 10-0 in the quarterfinals. But he lost 1-6 to Asian Games champion and Asian Championship silver medalist Tulga Tumur Ochir of Mongolia. Now he will have to win two matches to qualify for the Paris Olympics. Punia (86 kg), who missed the bronze medal by a narrow margin in the Tokyo Olympics, lost 4-6 in the first match despite taking the lead over China’s powerful Jushen Lin. Poonia, the most experienced wrestler in the Indian team, took a 3-0 lead in the first period.

The Chinese wrestler made a comeback to make the score 4-3 and ultimately succeeded in registering victory. In 74kg, Jaideep Ahlawat came back from 1-3 down to win 5-3 against Moldova’s Vasil Diacon and reach the pre-quarterfinals. He then won by technical superiority against Austria’s Simon Marchal but lost 0–3 to Slovakia’s Taimuraz Salkajanov in the quarterfinals. However, he remains in the race. If the Slovakian wrestler reaches the finals, he will get a chance through repechage. Earlier in the day, Deepak (97kg) and veteran Sumit Malik (125kg) lost their first-round matches.

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