Home Top Stories Sports Tokyo Olympics: Vinesh Phogat Returns Stronger, Smarter To Fulfil Medal Dream

Tokyo Olympics: Vinesh Phogat Returns Stronger, Smarter To Fulfil Medal Dream

Tokyo Olympics: Vinesh Phogat Returns Stronger, Smarter To Fulfil Medal Dream

Tokyo Olympics: Vinesh Phogat will aim for a gold medal in Tokyo.© Twiter/SAIMedia

Five years after being stretchered off the mat with a twisted knee in Rio, India’s Vinesh Phogat believes she has grown mentally stronger and technically accomplished as she resumes her bid for an Olympic gold in Tokyo. Phogat‘s dream of a medal in her first Olympics was cruelly cut short in 2016 when she hurt her ankle during her quarter-final bout against a Chinese opponent and left the mat in tears. “I now have the experience of playing one Olympics. I know what to expect, how to prepare and how to conduct myself,” the 26-year-old told the Times of India newspaper on Saturday.

“All these setbacks helped me become stronger, and I feel I enter Tokyo as a much stronger athlete mentally. I want to finish what I have started,” she added.

Currently training in Hungary, Phogat is the world number one in women’s 53kg category and also the top seed in Tokyo.

She has been training under Hungarian coach Woller Akos since 2018 and the partnership had worked wonders for her.

“People won’t understand from outside but earlier my game had technical flaws. I can see that now I’m smoother and display clean wrestling on the mat. I don’t feel stuck on the match anymore. There is motion in my game,” she said.


As for motivation, Phogat said she never forgot her pain in Rio.

“Every time I go on the mat for a match, that injury motivates me. It was one of the lowest points of my career. There was a lot of negativity from within. But I was able to come out of it and in hindsight, it has helped me become mentally strong,” said the wrestler from Haryana.

Topics mentioned in this article

Source link


SL vs IND, 3rd ODI: Avishka Fernando Anchors Sri Lanka To Consolation Win vs India

Avishka Fernando guided Sri Lanka to victory in 3rd ODI.© AFPAvishka Fernando and Bhanuka Rajapaksa hit half-centuries as Sri Lanka beat India by...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Maharashtra Tells State Employees Amid Pegasus Row

<!-- -->Personal calls on mobile phones must be answered out of office, the order said (Representational)Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Friday asked its...

Former Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides To Fly To Space On Next Test Flight: Report

<!-- -->George Whitesides will be leading Virgin Galactic's next flight, the media report saidFormer chief executive officer of Virgin Galactic Holdings, George Whitesides,...

NASA Selects SpaceX For October 2024 Mission To Jupiter Moon Europa

<!-- -->The Europa clipper orbiter will make about 40 to 50 close passes over Europa (Representational)Washington: NASA on Friday said it had selected...

6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Philippines: US Geological Survey

<!-- -->The Philippine seismological agency said it did not expect damage (Representational)Manila: A strong earthquake shook the Philippines on Saturday, the US Geological...

Recent Comments