Deepak Punia (86kg) missed out on a bronze by a whisker, conceding two factors within the final 10 seconds of his playoff bout. He was main 2-1 until that point and a medal was agonisingly shut.
The four-member girls’s contingent was off-colour. Whereas Vinesh Phogat misplaced within the quarters, the opposite three – Sonam Malik, Anshu Malik and Seema Bisla – couldn’t cross the primary spherical. For Vinesh, it was her second Olympics. Anshu, Sonam, each 19, and Seema participated of their first Olympics.
On Friday, Anshu, Sonam, Vinesh and the 2 medallists – silver winner Ravi Dahiya and bronze medallist Bajrang Punia – spoke in regards to the want of a sports psychologist to be hooked up with the nationwide workforce in order that the wrestlers are in a position to overcome nerves at an enormous stage just like the Olympics.
“There are a whole lot of amenities now, in comparison with the previous, however generally you get nervous at an enormous stage just like the Olympics,” Anshu stated at an occasion the place Tata Motors and the Wrestling Federation of India prolonged their partnership until the 2024 Olympics. “If somebody can work together with us on such events, like a psychologist, that can be higher for us and we are able to enter our bouts with a transparent head.
“It’s essential avoid adverse ideas (throughout marquee competitions just like the Olympics). It’s important to encompass your self with optimistic folks. Self-belief is paramount,” Vinesh stated.
Speaking about her shock quarterfinal exit, Vinesh stated, “I’ve learnt so much (from the loss). On the senior degree, we don’t have sufficient time to grieve over a defeat, as a result of the following Olympics is approaching and there are back-to-back competitions. It’s one factor to achieve on high however to remain on high is difficult.”
Bajrang is a grasp of staging comebacks throughout his bouts. Giving an perception to his mindset, he stated, “Now we have solely a cut up second to determine which transfer we have to make. There isn’t any time to take a look at the scoreboard. All we want is to execute the strikes that we’ve got practised in the course of the coaching. Now we have strikes in our arsenal that may fetch two factors, 4 factors… even 5 factors and may flip the tide of a match.”
Ravi pulled off a come-from-behind victory within the semifinal of the Tokyo Olympics, defeating Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev. The Kazakh wrestler was main 9-2 at one level, with simply 50 seconds left for the bout to finish. However Ravi turned the tables on his rival in dramatic vogue, profitable by ‘pinfall’.
“It’s essential be optimistic about profitable a bout from any state of affairs. Wrestling is such a sport the place one can clinch victory from the jaws of defeat even within the final 5 seconds. We step on to the mat with a never-say-die mentality. All we’re targeted on is to execute our methods,” stated Ravi.