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Tokyo Olympics 2021: Wrestler Vinesh Phogat clinches gold at Poland Open

Vinesh Phogat continues her good form in 2021, clinching the gold medal at Poland Open ranking series event. She defeated Ukraine’s Bereza 8-0 in the final. It is Vinesh’s third title of the season.

Tokyo Olympics 2021: Wrestler Vinesh Phogat clinches gold at Poland Open

The victory would potentially make Vinesh Phogat the top seed at the Tokyo Olympics (Courtesy: AFP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India’s Vinesh Phogat defeated Ukraine’s Bereza 8-0 in the gold medal bout
  • Tokyo Olympic-bound wrestler Vinesh Phogat won her third gold of the season
  • Vinesh has won gold medals at Matteo Pellicone event and Asian Championship earlier

Tokyo Olympic-bound star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat proved that her preparations for the Games are on track by winning the 53kg gold at the Poland Open in Warsaw on Friday.

It is third title of the season for the 26-year-old Vinesh, who claimed gold medals at the Matteo Pellicone event (March) and Asian Championship (April) earlier.

The victory would potentially make Vinesh the top seed at the Tokyo Olympics, and gave herself some crucial ‘mat-time’ ahead of the Olympics.

She did not concede a single point to Ukraine’s Khrystyna Bereza in the final, winning 8-0. Vinesh took most of her points through double-leg attacks while the 2019 European silver medallist Bereza was on the defensive throughout.

Except for her opening bout against 2019 World bronze (50kg) winner Ekaterina Poleshchuk, Vinesh wasn’t troubled by any of her other rivals as she conceded only two points en route the top place on the podium.

The World bronze winner and Asian Games champion had to battle hard against Poleshchuk before prevailing 6-2 but needed only 75 seconds to pin her American rival Amy Ann Fearnside in the semifinals.

It was a tough start for Vinesh as she was up against Ekaterina, whose defence was pretty strong.

Vinesh went for a left-leg attack but the Russian took the Indian down on counter for a 2-0 lead which she maintained throughout the first period. Moments before the break, Vinesh initiated another move but could not complete.

Early in the second period, Vinesh had Russian in trouble with a double leg attack as she levelled the score and then got two more points when Ekaterina committed a technical violation and was cautioned.

Vinesh completed the win with one more take-down move.It was a comfortable win in the next round, though, as Vinesh pinned American rival opponent in just 75 seconds. She was leading 6-0 at that time.

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