Sonam to begin India's wrestling campaign against Asian silver medallist Khurelkhuu
Young Indian wrestler Sonam Malik was on Monday placed in the challenging bottom half of the women's 62kg draw, where she will open her Olympics campaign against Asian silver medallist Bolortuya Khurelkhuu from Mongolia.
The 19-year-old will be the sole Indian wrestler in action on Tuesday.
Sonam came into Olympics after recovering from a right knee injury that did not let her fly to Russia for training in the build-up to the Games. ''I am fine. There is no pain in my knee. It's a neither tough nor easy draw for me,'' Sonam, who earned a name for herself by defeating Rio bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik four times, told PTI after the draw ceremony. If Sonam manages to cross the first hurdle, she will most likely find 2018 world champion Maybe Mustafa Yusein from Bulgaria in the quarterfinals. ''It does not matter what the draw is. Sonam is not taking any pressure. She was even ready to take on Japan (Yukako Kawai). So, she will do well,'' said her personal coach Ajmer Malik. Kawai is the 2019 World Championship bronze winner and if at all she clashes with Sonam, it will be a bottom-half semifinal.
The draw is such that the repechage route may open up for Sonam if she does not go deep on her own.
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