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Khatri, Babita bag Olympic berths; take wrestlers count to 8

May 11, 2016 22:33 IST

IMAGE: Babita Kumari of India celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's FS 55kg at Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre during day eight of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images.

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 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 and 58kg respectively at the second World Olympic Qualifying tournament in a historic feat of two Indian women wrestlers qualifying for Olympics for the first time.

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

This is the first time two women wrestlers from India have qualified for the Olympics. At 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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