Indian @ Rio Olympic 2016: Sandeep Tomar-Wrestling (Greco-Roman)

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Sandeep Tomar (born in 1992) is an Indian male wrestler who competes in the men’s freestyle 55 kg category.

He is currently sponsored by JSW Sport under the Sports Excellence Programme. Sandeep Tomar on 24 April 2016 secured an Olympic quota place for India in the men’s 57 kg freestyle category with a bronze medal finish on the final day of the 1st World Olympic Qualifying tournament, Mongolia, defeating Ukrainian wrestler Andriy Yatsenko with a dominating 11-0 show. He became the fourth Indian wrestler after Yogeshwar Dutt (men’s 65 kg freestyle), Narsingh Yadav (men’s 74 kg freestyle), and Hardeep Singh (Greco-Roman 98 kg) to book a berth for the Rio Olympic Games, to be held later this year.

Achievements:

2012 National Wrestling Championships

Tomar won the gold medal at the National Championships in the 55 kg category. The 21-year-old Navy grappler was a National junior champion in 2011. He then won the men’s 55 kg freestyle gold on his second attempt. He had finished fifth in his debut year in 2011.

Tomar defeated Nitin, a silver medal winner in the Hari Ram Indian Grand Prix with a 1-1, 3-0 scoreline.

2012 Copa Brasil

At the Rio de Janeiro tournament held from November 29 to December 2, Tomar was one of 9 gold medallists from the Indian contingent which included 4 bronze medals as well.

2013 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships

In the men’s freestyle 55 kg category at the tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tomar won the gold medal ahead of Narender from India and Bokan Masunyane from South Africa.

2015 Pro Wrestling League

Sandeep was the third Indian male wrestler acquired by the Bangalore franchise (owned by JSW Sport) of the Pro Wrestling League. His final bid amount was Rs 10.3 lakh.

The 2015 Pro Wrestling League is scheduled to be held from the 10th of December to the 27th of December across 6 cities.

2016 Olympic Games, Rio De Janeiro

Qualified for India, in men’s 57 kg free style.