The young Sonam Malik lost her round of 16 bouts against the Mongolian Bolortuya Khurelkuu and has been sent packing home from her debut Olympic appearance.
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The 19-year-old had a chance of staying in contention for a bronze via repechage if Bolortuya reached the final, but it did not materialize as the Mongolian failed to go past the quarterfinal.
She gave a good account of herself against the Asian championships silver-medalist, pushing her out of the ring to take a 1-0 lead in the first period.
Bolortuya attacked Sonam’s right leg to bring about the crucial takedown with just 30 seconds left on the clock.
The score remained 2-2 till the end but since it was the Mongolian who scored the last point with her move, she was declared the winner on criteria.
The Mongolian was later outplayed by Bulgaria's Tayeb Mustafa Yusein, the second seed, and 2018 world champion, the result spelling the ouster of the Indian wrestler.
Yusein finished her quarterfinal against Khurelkhuu in a jiffy, winning by technical superiority.
Sonam, a two-time Cadet World Champion (2017, 2019), had qualified for the Tokyo Games by making the final at the Asian Qualifier in April in Almaty.