Aman Sehrawat secures first Paris Olympics 2024 quota in men’s wrestling

Aman Sehrawat, Paris Olympics 2024, Wrestling

After a long wait, Aman Sehrawat has secured the first quota spot for India in men’s freestyle wrestling for the upcoming Paris Olympics 2024. He achieved this victory at the World Olympic Qualifiers in Istanbul on Saturday. This win also allows for potential participation from another star wrestler, Ravi Dahiya.

Aman Sehrawat Books Ticket to Paris Olympics 2024

Aman Sehrawat, an Asian Games medalist competing in the 57kg weight category, displayed exceptional form throughout the competition. He dominated each of his matches, leaving no room for doubt about his skills.

  • A comfortable victory against Georgi Vangelov (10-4)
  • A decisive win over Ukraine’s Andrii Yatsenko (12-2)

These dominating performances pulled him into the crucial semi-final bout against Asian Games silver medalist Chongsong Han of North Korea. Against all odds, Sehrawat truly shone and secured a quota for India with a convincing 12-2 victory.

The semi-final against Han was a tense affair, with the score a tight 3-2 in Aman’s favor at the end of the first round. Sehrawat displayed incredible composure and tactical brilliance in the second round. He capitalized on counterattacks, scoring takedowns, and maintaining an aggressive tempo. A well-executed leg lace roll sealed the deal, securing not only the match victory but also the coveted Olympic quota for India with a final score of 12-2.

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A Long Road to Paris Olympics 2024 Qualification

This victory holds even more significance considering Sehrawat’s relentless pursuit of Olympic qualification. This was his third attempt, and he has consistently proven himself as India’s top contender in the 57kg category, especially during Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Ravi Dahiya’s absence due to a knee injury. Sehrawat emerged victorious in the national selection trials, earning a shot at the Paris qualification.

Over the past two years, Aman Sehrawat has steadily climbed the ranks:

  • World U23 Champion in 2022
  • Bronze medalist at the Hangzhou Asian Games in 2023
  • Gold medalist at the Asian Championships in Astana in 2023
  • He narrowly missed securing a quota at the 2023 World Championships and the Asian Qualifiers last month.

A Lifeline for Ravi Dahiya?

While Aman Sehrawat has secured the quota for India, it’s important to note that the final selection for the Paris Olympics will be determined through national trials. This victory potentially opens the door for Ravi Dahiya’s participation, as the quota belongs to the country and not necessarily the individual wrestler who secures it. Dahiya’s return to the mat, if he recovers fully and performs well in the trials, would present a formidable duo for India in the 57kg category at the Olympics.

Aman Sehrawat’s achievement marks a new chapter for Indian wrestling. His dedication and exceptional skills have not only secured a quota for the Paris Olympics 2024 but also sparked hope for a potential double threat in the 57kg category with the possible inclusion of Ravi Dahiya. Wrestling fans in India can now look forward to the upcoming national trials. However, Sehrawat’s victory and his performance has undoubtedly set a high bar for future competitions.