Babita Kumari loses 1-5, fails to make repechage stage: As it happened

Babita Kumari loses 1-5, fails to make repechage stage: As it happened

India's Babita Kumari lost her opening bout 1-5 to Maria Prevolaraki of Greece at Rio 2016 Olympics.

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Babita Kumari’s Rio 2016 Olympics run ended in the first round after she lost her opener 1-5. (Source: File)

India’s challenge in women’s freestyle wrestling ended after Babita Kumari failed to advance in the 53 kg category on Friday. Up against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece in the opening round, the Indian wrestler managed just a single point and found going tough against a good opponent. There was an agonising wait for Babita after she lost her opening round. Had her opponent advanced to the final, she would have got another shot at medal but that was not the case today as Maria failed to advance beyond the quarters. On Thursday, Sakshi Malik ended India’s wait for a medal with a bronze in the 58kg category but it was disappointment for Vinesh Phogat who was out injured in the second round of 48kg category.

As it happened

2023 hrs IST: Bad news for Babita. There won’t be a chance for her at the repechage as her opponent Maria has lost in the next round

1923 hrs IST: Babita Kumari will now have to wait and hope Maria reaches the final to get a shot at repechage

1920 hrs IST: Maria produces really good defensive skills and holds on to beat Babita Kumari 5-1


1919 hrs IST: Babita once again going for aggressive play but Maria turns it around to add two more to her score. 5-1

1918 hrs IST: Babita gets a point as Maria fails to make most of 30-second advantage

1917 hrs IST: Maria stops herself from being pushed out. Babita nearly got that one point but the Greek wrestler does well to keep herself inside

1915 hrs IST: Maria leads 3-0 after the first period

1915 hrs IST: Babita has the hold of Maria’s foot but it doesn’t work out. In reply, Maria turns things around and gets two points. 3-0 up now

1913 hrs IST: Maria pushes Babita out of safety zone. Gets first point. Leads 1-0

1912 hrs IST: Cagey start from both early on. Babita showing quick feet to get some space for her but Maria holding on to keep the Indian at bay. 0-0

1912 hrs IST: Babita Kumari’s bout is up next!

1836 hrs IST: Babita Kumari’s first round is against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece.


Sakshi Malik clinches bronze medal in women’s wrestling 58kg category, opens India’s account at Rio 2016 Olympics

Sakshi Malik won both Repechage bouts to seal the bronze medal. (Source: Reuters)

India’s Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal in the wrestling 58kg category after the Indian beat Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in the bronze medal bout. In a thrilling contest, Sakshi fought back from 0-5 down to seal the bout 8-5 in her favour. With seconds left on the clock, she produced a three-point move to seal the bout and India’s first medal at Rio 2016 Olympics.

It wasn’t an ideal start for the 23-year-old as she conceded a five-point lead early in the contest, and like in three out of the four bouts earlier in the day, she was back from behind to produce the moves when they mattered, and seal the win.

Tynybekova started on a positive note as her leg-grab put her in the lead. She repeated the move again and sat in a comfortable position. Malik opened the scoring in the second period of the bout when she pushed her opponent down and out of the mat. She hit back with a similar move to reduce the deficit to just one point.

With scores locked at 5-5, and only seconds to go, Malik managed to steal three points and erupted in joy after a review from the Tynybekova corner didn’t make any difference to the scoring.

Earlier, Malik reached the Repechage rounds of the women’s freestyle 58kg event and made most of the second life as she outplayed Mongolian wrestler Orkhon in the Rd 2 contest 12-3 to advance to the bronze-medal match.

It was a convincing performance by the Indian as she took the early lead and kept the Mongolian under pressure with smart moves. There was a brief moment early in the first period where Sakshi lost balance and allowed her opponent to make most of it, but apart from that she was in complete control of proceedings.

Malik got another chance at a medal after her quarterfinal opponent Valeria Koblova reached the gold medal match.

In the quarterfinal, Malik was easily trumped by the superior and much quicker Koblova to lose 9-2. And crash out of contention for a gold or a silver medal.

In her Round of 16 match, Sakshi beat Moldova’s Mariana Cherdivara on the back of a bigger point margin in a single move after both were locked at 5-5. And in the opener, Sakshi produced a scintillating turnaround from 0-4 down to win 5-4 with her final two points coming in the closing stages of the contest.

Babita Kumari recovers from fever, no Zika virus threats

After examining Babita Kumari, the doctors gave her medicines, which helped in bringing the fever down. (Source: PTI)

The Indian Olympic contingent suffered a Zika virus scare after Babita Kumari developed high fever but the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Saturday confirmed that the wrestler is on the road to recovery and has also started practicing for her event, scheduled next week.

According to reports, Babita, who competes in women’s 53kg Freestyle, developed high fever and a severe body ache, and was immediately attended by the contingent doctors and the physiotherapists.

After examining the 26-year-old grappler, the doctors gave her medicines, which helped in bringing the fever down.

“Babita developed fever but now she is fine and has also started training,” WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI.

Babita, who belongs to the famous Phogat family, is expected to recover completely and attain full fitness before she takes the mat in her maiden Olympic Games on August 18.

Other two women wrestlers in the fray are Babita’s cousin Vinesh Phogat (48kg) and Sakshi Malik (58kg).

Babita was lucky to have acquired a berth at the Rio Games as Mongolia’s Sumiya Erdenechimeg, who had defeated her at the Asian Olympic qualifier, failed a dope test.


That gave the Indian girl a golden chance to board the flight to Rio.