Antim Panghal Secures Olympic Quota with Bronze in World Wrestling Championship

Antim Panghal, the Indian wrestler, clinches an Olympic quota for her country by winning a bronze medal in the Women’s 53kg freestyle category at the World Wrestling Championship held in Belgrade, Serbia. Her remarkable journey to this achievement is highlighted below.

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Antim’s Impressive Journey:

  • Antim’s path to the bronze began with a stunning upset, defeating reigning world champion Dominique Olivia Parrish.
  • She showcased her defensive skills, recovering from a 0-2 deficit to win 2-2, as Parrish lost a point for passivity.
  • In the pre-quarters, she secured a victory by technical superiority, beating Poland’s Roksana Marta Zasina 10-0.
  • Antim continued her winning streak in the quarterfinals, defeating Russia’s Natalia Malysheva 9-6 with technical points.
  • Her semi-final match saw her facing Emma Malmgren of Sweden, whom she defeated impressively with a score of 16-6 for a victory by Technical Superiority.
  • Antim’s determination and resilience were evident, especially after a challenging loss in the semi-final.

Securing an Olympic Quota:

  • Despite wrestling under a neutral flag due to the suspension of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), Antim’s quota win will benefit India.
  • Antim’s journey to the championship was not without hurdles, including legal battles over the decision to give a free pass to Vinesh Phogat directly into the championship.

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Antim Panghal’s bronze medal victory not only showcases her exceptional wrestling skills but also secures an Olympic quota for India, highlighting her determination and commitment to the sport.

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