Mayu Mukaida and Takuto Otoguro have caused adequate heartache for Indian wrestling fans. The two Japanese have often stopped India’s pinnacle stars Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia on their tracks. In predominant global competitions, they have pissed off the two Indians who are country’s strongest contenders in wrestling for a Tokyo Olympics medal.
The Asian Wrestling Championships, beginning in New Delhi on Tuesday, will be an probability for Punia and Phogat to check themselves towards the Japanese in home conditions. Success will also help them get imperative rankings points that will determine seedings in Tokyo. Two other Indians to have qualified for Tokyo are Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg) and Deepak Punia (86kg), who will additionally seem to be to examine their level.
In women’s 53 kg, world No. three Mukaida will be a sturdy favorite for gold in the absence of world champion Pak Yong-mi of North Korea and Pang Qianyu of China. Phogat, after triumphing the world rating sequence in Rome remaining month, has changed Mukaida as world No. 2 but she is but to beat the Japanese.
It used to be Mukaida who defeated Phogat in the ultimate Asian Championships in X’ian, China, where the Indian completed with a bronze medal. Then Phogat had just switched to 53kg from 50kg and used to be nevertheless adapting to the greater weight category. However, the subsequent face-off against the Japanese got here after six months, at the world championships the place a Tokyo Olympics spot was once also at stake.
It did not grant any relief for the Indian. Again Mukaida scored a crushing victory over Phogat, beating her 7-0. The Japanese made a split-second cross to convey her down in the first period.
Once she obtained a properly grip over Phogat, she flipped her over and scored six points at a go. The contest was as exact as over at that point. That has been the strong point of Mukaida. She ratings factors in thousands and her defence is difficult to breach.
At the Asian meet closing year, Mukaida completed off the contest with almost two minutes left on the clock. She was once rapid to grasp Phogat’s legs thrice, and in her final strive knotted her legs and rolled her over for a win on superiority (10-0).
“To beat a Japanese you have to be best in everything, be it your food plan sketch or technique. We can’t beat them by way of enjoying our fashion of wrestling; we have to beat them technically. I have assessed my bouts in opposition to Mukaida. I will make a format how to go about enjoying her,” Phogat had instructed Hindustan Times after the world championships, where she won a bronze medal and a Tokyo Olympics quota.
She had also hoped she would get to face her once before the Olympics. That want has come true, and at home the place Phogat will have the support. It will be an opportunity that will tell Phogat and her train Woller Akos a lot about their guidance with five months to go for the Olympics.
Punia will face a two-pronged battle. The only Indian to win gold at the Asian Championships last year, the defending champion will no longer have it effortless with two of his massive competitors in the 65kg draw—Otoguro and Daulet Niyanzbekov of Kazakhstan.
In the 2018 world championships, Otoguro exposed Punia’s susceptible leg defence and gained a thrilling remaining bout 16-9. Last year, Punia used to be again disadvantaged of world championships gold, and it was once Niyazbekov who beat him this time. Down 2-9, Punia had sensationally fought lower back to draw degree when the clocked stopped, however Niyazbekov used to be declared winner following the tie on account of having scored a controversial four-point throw (biggest go of the match).
It took days for Punia to get over the loss. His Georgian coach Shako Bentinidis spoke about how Punia wants to mix warning with aggression and now not concede too many points early on. He has also labored on tightening his leg defence.
A gold medal in the Rome rating sequence puts Punia in a true intellectual house to take on his principal opponents.
There will be two teenagers in focus --Sonam Malik (62kg) and Anshu Malik (57), who will be taking part in their first main senior global tournament. Both made it to the group after prevailing the trials in Lucknow over hooked up names—Sakshi Malik and Pooja Dhanda. Anshu received silver in the world rating collection in Rome remaining month. A good performance right here would permit Anshu and Sonam, who started up Sakshi, to seal their places in the squad for the Asian Olympic qualifier next month.
In Greco Roman contests, India will appear to enhance its tally of three silver and one bronze gained in the preceding edition. The focus then again will be on younger grapplers like Sunil Kumar (87kg) and Sajan Bhanwala (77kg), who had gained silver and bronze in their respective groups in the world rating collection in Rome ultimate month.
Punjab’s Gurpreet Singh, who won gold in the 82kg in Rome, will omit the event in instruction for the Asian Olympic qualifying tournament next month. In the 2019 Asian meet, he had received silver in 77kg. Gyanender Dahiya (60kg), who won bronze in previous edition, is returned in fray.