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Wrestling: Seema Bisla seals Olympic quota with semifinal win at World Qualifiers

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Indian wrestler Seema Bisla has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after beating Poland's Anna Lukasiak in the 50kg semifinal at the World Olympic Wrestling Qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Friday. Seema is the fourth Indian woman wrestler to book an Olympic slot.

She also became the second Indian wrestler to earn an Olympic quota in two days after Sumit Malik qualified in the men's 125kg category on Thursday. Sumit, though, pulled out of Friday's final against Russia's Sergei Kozyrev after reportedly struggling with a knee injury.

Earlier, Seema, an Asian championships bronze medal winner, beat Anastasiya Yanotava of Belarus 8-0 and 2018 Youth Olympics champion Emma Jonna Malmgren of Sweden 10-2 in the quarterfinals to reach the last four. Compatriots Nisha Dahiya (68kg) and Pooja (76kg) lost in the quarterfinals and the first round respectively.

The full list of Indian wrestlers to have qualified for the Olympics includes four women and four men -- Seema Bisla (50kg), Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Anshu Malik (57kg) and Sonam Malik (62kg); Ravi Kumar Dahiya (57kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg) Deepak Punia (86kg) and Sumit Malik (125kg).