It was certainly not the start the Indian fans were hoping for as the 19-year-old after leading for the most part of the bout, faltered in the final 30 seconds to surrender the match to the Mongolian.
Sonam Malik had scored a point in the first half, thanks to a passivity penalty against the Mongolian and then followed it up by pushing the Mongolian out of the mat in the very start of the second round to lead 2-0.
But, Khurelkhuu came back storming in the final 30 seconds to keep the Indian pinned down to the mat for 5 seconds to equalise the score 2-2 and advanced to the next round.
While Sonam Malik did have a chance of moving into the repechage if Bolortuya Khurelkhuu reached the finals of Women's 62kg, it did not really materialise as the Mongolian lost her quarterfinal bout by technical superiority to the Bulgarian Taybe Yusin.
With this loss to Bolortuya, Sonam Malik's journey at the Tokyo Olympics is all but over.