Thursday, June 13

Aman Sehrawat Secures India’s First Paris 2024 Wrestling Quota!

Aman Sehrawat secured India's first quota spot for the men's freestyle 57kg category at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Indian wrestling fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief! At the World Wrestling Qualifiers in Istanbul, Aman Sehrawat, the U23 World Champion and Asian Champion, secured India’s first quota spot for the men’s freestyle 57kg category at the Paris 2024 Olympics. The 20-year-old dominated his matches, showcasing his exceptional talent and living up to the high expectations placed on him.

Dominant Performance by Aman Sehrawat

Sehrawat displayed his technical prowess throughout the competition. He secured convincing victories in all three bouts, even achieving technical superiority in two of them. This dominant performance not only secured the quota but also potentially saved India from the embarrassment of not having any male wrestlers qualify for Paris.

A Look at Other Indian Wrestlers

While Sehrawat stole the show, other Indian wrestlers also put up a commendable fight. Sujeet Kalkal, competing in Bajrang Punia’s weight category (65kg), impressed with his victories before falling short in the semifinals. He has a chance to qualify for Paris with two wins on Sunday.

Disappointment for Deepak Punia

Unfortunately, there was a setback for Deepak Punia, the Tokyo Olympics silver medalist in the same weight class (57kg) as Sehrawat. Punia suffered a first-round defeat against a strong Chinese opponent, effectively eliminating him from the qualification race.

Tokyo Rematch on the Cards?

With Sehrawat securing the quota, an interesting scenario emerges. The 57kg category also includes Ravi Dahiya, the Tokyo Olympics silver medalist. If the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) holds trials, Sehrawat might have to compete against Dahiya to book his final Paris ticket.

A New Era for Indian Men’s Wrestling?

Aman Sehrawat’s dominant performance is a beacon of hope for Indian men’s wrestling. While the disappointment of Deepak Punia’s exit stings, Sehrawat’s emergence reminds us of the depth of talent in the Indian wrestling scene.

This win not only secures India’s presence in Paris but also paves the way for a potential shift. Sehrawat’s youthful energy and technical skills suggest there might be a new face leading the charge in the coming years. With continued development and support, Indian men’s wrestling has the potential to reach even greater heights in Paris and beyond.

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