Vinesh Phogat sets sight on maiden Olympics medal after World Championships bronze

first_img India Today Web Desk Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 21:13 IST India’s star wrestler Vinesh Phogat (Courtesy: @Media_SAI)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh Phogat won her maiden World Championships medal on WednesdayVinesh sealed India’s Tokyo Olympics quota place in women’s 53 kg eventI hope what I left in Rio, I will be taking in Tokyo: Vinesh PhogatOne of the most heartbreaking scenes in Rio Olympics was India’s star wrestler Vinesh Phogat being stretchered off the mat midway during her quarter-final bout.Vinesh, who was touted as one of the brightest medal prospects for India, won her pre-quarterfinal by technical superiority to reach the quarter-final wherein she suffered a knee dislocation.Cut to 2019, Vinesh Phogat has once again made herself one of the top contenders for an Olympic medal in the country.On Wednesday in Nur-Sultan, Vinesh Phogat ended her long wait for a World Championships medal, clinching a bronze in her fourth attempt.A second Commonwealth Games and a historic Asian Games gold were won after the Rio Olympics heartbreak but the World Championships medal has given Vinesh Phogat a lot of joy and confidence ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, which is 9 months away.Vinesh Phogat took the decision of moving up the weight category to 53 kg earlier this year and the young wrestler is happy she was able to make a mark at the highest level at Nur-Sultan.”I am feeling very happy. This is my first world medal. For 5 years, I have been trying and trying and now I changed my weight category from 50 to 53 and finally, I won this medal and Olympic quota for my country. A very proud moment for me,” Vinesh Phogat said after the bronze medal-winning show on Wednesday.”It’s only been 10 months since I changed my weight category. And I am very happy to win this medal. It’s a very, very, very happy moment for me.advertisement”I have won my quota for 53 kg for my country. I hope what I left in Rio, I will be taking in Tokyo. I am doing my best to win a gold in Tokyo.”Vinesh became fourth time lucky on Wednesday, winning her maiden World Championships medal in Nur-Sultan after a commanding show in the repechage rounds. Vinesh defeated two-time world bronze medalist Maria Prevolaraki of Greece by fall in the bronze medal bout of 53 kg freestyle event.Vinesh is only the fifth Indian woman wrestler to win a Worlds medal after Alka Tomar (2006), Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012) and Pooja Dhanda (2018).Vinesh Phogat was thrown out of the title race when she lost the pre-quarter-finals to two-time world champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan on Tuesday. However, Mukaida handed Vinesh a lifeline when she stormed into the final of the 53 kg freestyle event in Nur-Sultan.Vinesh made excellent use of the lifeline by blasting past opponents that came her way in the repechage rounds. She defeated Ukraine’s Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya 5-0 in her opening repechage round on Wednesday before coming up with a commanding display against World No. 1 Sarah Ann Hilderbrandt of USA.Also Read | Vinesh Phogat wins maiden Wrestling World Championships medalAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Vinesh PhogatFollow Tokyo Olympics Vinesh Phogat sets sight on maiden Olympics medal after World Championships bronzeWrestling World Championships: Vinesh Phogat won her maiden world meet medal on Wednesday hours after she clinched India’s Tokyo Olympic berth in the 53 kg freestyle event in Nur-Sultan.advertisement Nextlast_img

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