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Up to date: April 7, 2021 6:57:08 am
For Mirabai Chanu and Vinesh Phogat, the hunt for an Olympic medal acquired rather less difficult.
North Korea’s resolution, introduced on Tuesday, to skip the Tokyo Olympics due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will increase the probabilities of the 2 Indian contenders to complete on the rostrum on the July 23-August 9 Video games.
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How will Mirabai Chanu profit?
Chanu, who competes within the 49 kg class, is at present fourth on the planet rankings. Above her are two Chinese language lifters – Hou Zhihui, ranked 1, and second-placed Jiang Huihua – and North Korea’s Ri-Music Gum. Solely these 4 lifters have recorded a complete of greater than 200 kg within the 49 kg weight class to date.
Olympic guidelines allow a rustic to area just one athlete in every weight class. Which means out of the 2 Chinese language, just one can compete in Tokyo. And that, in flip, places Chanu third within the ‘Olympic rankings’. Now, with the North Korean out as nicely, Chanu has parachuted to second place.
“It’s a direct competitors between us and the Chinese language lifter now,” says Chanu’s coach Vijay Sharma. “We are going to profit from this, however our focus just isn’t on what is going on elsewhere. We’re decided to enhance our personal outcomes.”
What does Chanu have to do for a medal?
Chanu was in competition for a medal on the Rio Olympics as nicely. However she did not file a authorized elevate in her three makes an attempt within the clear and jerk class whereas she acquired only one correct elevate within the snatch part. Since then, nonetheless, she has grown leaps and bounds, successful a world championship medal, Commonwealth Video games gold and overcoming an harm that saved her out for a substantial interval.
Sharma says Chanu has been lifting greater than 200 kg mixed throughout her coaching. Whether or not she will replicate it throughout a contest will probably be identified subsequent week on the Asian Championship – her first event since September 2019 in any case different occasions had been cancelled because of the pandemic.
Again then, she lifted a complete of 201 kg (87 in snatch, 114 in clear and jerk) to complete fourth on the continental championship. At Tokyo, nonetheless, if Chanu even matches that efficiency, her private greatest, she will probably be in fray for a silver medal.
That’s as a result of out of the three who completed above her on the 2019 Asian Championship, two gained’t be competing on the Olympics – one of many Chinese language and Gum. The fifth-ranked lifter within the 49 kg class can be a Chinese language, and the subsequent closest challenger, USA’s Elizabeth Delacruz, is much behind Chanu with a greatest complete of 195 kg.
Though that makes the Indian a favorite for a medal, a gold appears out of her grasp in the intervening time as the 2 Chinese language rivals have greatest lifts of 212 kg (Huihua) and 211 kg (Zhihui).
What about Vinesh Phogat?
Whereas Chanu’s path to the rostrum could have change into easy, it’s not the identical for Phogat. She, nonetheless, will profit as a result of in a weight class brimming with world-class wrestlers, Phogat must face one fewer powerful opponent.
The reigning world champion in her weight class, 53 kg, is North Korea’s Pak Yong-mi. And although Pak’s absence will open up the class, Phogat will nonetheless must compete in opposition to the likes of Japanese sensation Mayu Mukaida, who has had an higher hand in opposition to her, and China’s Qianyu Pang.
Little or no separates this Asian quartet however with Pak, a wrestler in opposition to whom Phogat has a good file, now out of the equation, the Indian will be capable of focus extra on Pang and Mukaida.
Another Indians who stand to achieve from N Korean pullout?
North Korea’s absence will even profit a few Indian lady wrestlers seeking to seal Olympic spots throughout the continental qualifying event this weekend. World Championship bronze medalist within the 50 kg class, Kim Son-Hyan, will not compete, making the route that a lot simpler for Seema Bisla whereas within the 57 kg class, Anshu Malik will hope to make the most of the truth that Jong In Son, a world championship quarter-finalist, won’t be there.