Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Anshu Malik beaten by Olympic silver medallist Valeria Kublova in repechag round

Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Anshu Malik beaten by Olympic silver medallist Valeria Kublova in repechag round
Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Anshu Malik beaten by Olympic silver medallist Valeria Kublova in repechag round

India at Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Anshu Malik beaten by Olympic silver medallist Valeria Kublova in repechag roundFollow LIVE updates on InsideSport.co and live streaming on SONY LIV

Indian wrestler Anshu Malik bows out of Tokyo 2020 after losing to Russian Olympic Committee’s Valeria Koblova in the Women’s freestyle 57 kg repechage here at Makuhari Messe Hall A Mat B on Thursday.

Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Russian Olympic Committee’s Valeria Koblova defeated Indian by 5-1. Participating at her maiden Games, Anshu fought bravely but couldn’t stand a chance against the seasoned pro. Celebrating her 20th birthday, Anshu started the match on the front foot but the Rio 2016 silver medalist held her defence as she took a narrow 1-0 lead going into the second half of the bout.

Valeria Koblova got her second ‘shot clock’ in the second half which saw Malik opening the scoring in the match. In the last 30 seconds of the match, Koblova turned the match into its head as she captured 4 points and progressed into the bronze medal bout.

The Russian will now face Bulgaria’s Evelina Georgieva Nikolova in the bronze medal match.

Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE:  Earlier on Wednesday, Anshu lost to Belarus’ Iryna Kurachkina in the 1/8 Final event. Iryna defeated Anshu 8-2 to advance in the quarter-finals and later into the final which gave the Indian the chance for repechage.

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@7:41AM- Anshu Malik vs Valeria Kublova live REPECHAGE ROUND: The morning session has started & Anshu Malik can be seen warming up for her big fight against the Russian.

ROUND 2 Starts

  • Indian beaten
  • 2 points for Kublova
  • Less than a minute left
  • Indian vs Olympic Silver medallist
  • Anshu has the advantage as last one to score
  • It’s 1-1
  • Anshu is staying close to the Russian

ROUND 1 Starts – Anshu trails 0-1

  • 19year old Indian competing well against the champion Russian
  • Russain gets the 1st point – Kublova leads 1-0
  • Anshu has started well here

@7:30AM- Anshu Malik vs Valeria Kublova live REPECHAGE ROUND: Anshu’s opponet is RIO Olympics Silver medallist from Russia – just few minutes more before Indian takes her on mat – 7:45AM BOUT should start

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@7:10AM – Anshu Malik vs Valeria Kublova live: Anshu has got a lifeline and can win bronze today but for that she has to be Kublova. The Russian is well past her prime and Anshu stands a good chance to beat her – Follow live updates

KNOW about Anshu Malik’s 1st opponent in Repechage Round: Valeria Koblova has previously won a Silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has also won Silver medals at World Championships 2014 and Wrestling World Cup 2015 and a Gold at European Championships U23.

On the other hand, Anshu Malik is chasing her maiden Olympic medal. She has won Gold and Bronze at Asian Championships 2021 and 2020 respectively and Silver at individual World Cup 2020. Now, Anshu Malik will be eyeing a Bronze medal at the Tokyo Games.

India at Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Anshu Malik vs Valeria Kublova in repechage; Follow LIVE updates

As per Olympics.com, repechage allows a wrestler who was beaten by an eventual finalist another chance at an Olympic medal.

In her previous match, Anshu Malik lost 2-8 to Iryna Kurachkina of Belarus in the women’s freestyle 57kg 1/8 Final event at Tokyo Olympics. Participating at her maiden Games, Anshu fought bravely but couldn’t stand a chance against the seasoned pro. Starting the second half, the 19-year-old Anshu gave some spirited fightback to Kurachkina by throwing her out of the mat as she registered her first two points at the Games.

 

NOTE: Anshu Malik had sealed her place at Tokyo 2020 through the Asian Olympic qualifiers in April.

When to watch Anshu Malik vs Valeria Kublova?

Repechage Round 1 – Anshu Malik vs Valeria Koblova – approx 7:37 AM IST (second bout on Mat B)

Bronze medal bout – If Anshu Malik wins – Anshu Malik vs Evelina Nikolova – approx 4:45 PM IST (13th/14th bout on Mat B)

How to watch Anshu Malik vs Valeria Koblova LIVE?

The Tokyo Olympics women’s 57kg freestyle wrestling repechage rounds will be telecast live on the Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 2 HD, Sony Six, and Sony SIX HD TV channels in India. Sony TEN 3, Sony TEN 3 HD, Sony TEN 4 and Sony TEN 4 HD will broadcast Tokyo 2020 in regional languages.

India at Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Anshu Malik vs Valeria Kublova in repechage; Follow LIVE updates

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(with ANI inputs)