24 April, Ulaanbaatar
Wrestler Sandeep Tomar Sunday secured an Olympic quota place for India in the men’s 57kg freestyle category with a bronze-medal finish on the final day of the 1st World Olympic Qualifying tournament in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.
The 25-year-old Sandeep became the fourth Indian wrestler a after Yogeshwar Dutt (men’s 65kg freestyle), Narsingh Yadav (men’s 74kg freestyle), and Hardeep Singh (Greco-Roman 98kg) to book a berth for the Rio Games, to be held later this year.
Sandeep qualified for the Olympics by winning the playoff bout after having clinched the bronze medal.
However, other Indian men’s freestyle grapplers in the fray today returned empty-handed.
Sumit got off to a poor start, losing his pre-quarterfinal bout to Hungary’s Daniel Ligeti 4-6 but luckily got another chance to make it to the medal round as his Hungarian opponent reached the final of 125kg category.
Somveer (86kg) and Satywart Kadian (97kg), meanwhile, fumbled in the initial rounds of their respective weight divisions to crash out of the competition early.