Khatri, Babita bag Rio berths, take Indian wrestlers’ count to 8

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 11, 2016 23:31 IST
Babita Kumari will compete in the 53 kg freestyle category at the Rio Olympics. (PTI Photo)

Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri and Babita Kumari have secured spots at the upcoming Rio Olympics after their rivals failed a dope test, taking the total number of quota places from India to eight.

Khatri was awarded the berth in the Greco-Roman 85 kg category after Kenzheev Zhanarbek of Kyrgystan tested positive at the Asian Olympic qualifier.

Babita gets a shot at competing in Rio with Mongolian wrestler Sumiya Erdenechimeg failing the dope test in 53 kg freestyle, also at the Asian qualifier.

Last week, Vinesh Phogat clinched a gold as she and Sakshi Malik secured Rio berths in 48 kg and 58kg categories respectively at the second World Olympic Qualifying tournament in a historic feat of two Indian women wrestlers qualifying for the Olympics for the first time.

While Vinesh won a gold in the 48 kg category, Sakshi bagged a silver in 58kg class as they booked a Rio Games quota place each for the country.

Read | Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik grab Rio Olympics berths

This is the first time two women wrestlers from India have qualified for the Olympics. At the 2012 London Games, Geeta Phogat was the lone Indian female grappler in the fray.

In fact, this is the first time that India will be represented in all three formats - men’s freestyle, female wrestling and Greco-Roman - at the Olympics.

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