Tokyo: Grappler Sonam Malik crashed out of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after losing her first round bout to Mongolia’s Bolortuya Khurelkhuu in women’s freestyle 62kg event at the Makuhari Messe Hall A Mat B on Tuesday.
Sonam managed to score one technical point each in the first and second periods and this gave her good momentum in the match.
However, Khurelkhuu immediately get right back into the game as she registered two technical points in the second period, bringing the scoreline level to 2-2.
Bolortuya was adjudged as the winner on the basis of separation criteria.
Earlier in the day, Javelin thrower Annu Rani failed to qualify for the women’s final at the Olympic Stadium after an underwhelming show in the Women’s Long Throws Qualification — Group A.
Qualifying performance of 63.00 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) will advance to the final of the women’s javelin throw. However, these 12 performers will be a compilation of competitors from Group A and B. The Group A qualification round will take place later in the day.
Meanwhile, the Indian men’s hockey team’s dream of entering the Olympics final after 41-years remained unfulfilled as it lost 2-5 to world champions Belgium in the last-four stage but the side is still in the hunt for a bronze in the Tokyo Games.
Alexander Hendrickx (19th, 49th, 53rd minutes), the tournament’s highest goal getter, scored a hat-trick while Loick Luypaert (2nd minute) and John-John Dohmen (60th) also struck to hand the reigning silver-medallists their second successive entry into the final of the Olympics.
India’s goals came from the sticks of Harmanpreet Singh (7th) and Mandeep Singh (8th).