Vinesh Phogat wins maiden Wrestling World Championships medal

first_imgVinesh Phogat wins maiden Wrestling World Championships medalHours after sealing a Tokyo Olympics quota place for India in the women’s 53 kg freestyle wrestling, Vinesh Phogat won her maiden World Championships medal by outclassing Maria Prevolaraki of Greece on Wednesday in Nur-Sultan.advertisement India Today Web Desk Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 19:52 IST This is Vinesh Phogat’s maiden medal at the World Wrestling Championships (Union World Wrestling Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh Phogat wins maiden world meet medal in 4th attemptVinesh defeated Maria Prevolaraki of Greece in the bronze medal matchVinesh had earlier sealed India’s Tokyo Olympic quota in 53 kg freestyle eventVinesh Phogat ended her medal drought at Wrestling World Championships as the start Indian wrestler clinched a bronze in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday.Vinesh Phogat defeated two-time world bronze medalist Maria Prevolaraki of Greece by fall in the bronze medal bout of 53 kg freestyle event. She is only the fourth Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the prestigious tournament.The win comes as a double delight for the young Indian wrestler as she won India an Olympic quota in the 53 kg freestyle event earlier on Wednesday. Vinesh Phogat had shown excellent defensive skills when she defeated World No. 1 Sarah Ann Hilderbrandt of USA in the second repechage round.Despite having won the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games gold medals, a world championships medal was missing from her decorated trophy cabinet before the ongoing tournament in Nur-Sultan.News Flash: World Wrestling Championships:Star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat wins Bronze Medal as she upsets 2 time World Championships medalist Maria Prevolaraki; infact she pinned her.She already had assured India its 1st Wrestling Quota earlier today. #WrestleNurSultan pic.twitter.com/rOW2X6m46HIndia_AllSports (@India_AllSports) September 18, 2019Vinesh 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 Sarah Ann Hilderbrandt.advertisementVinesh’s campaign in Nur-Sultan was off to a strong start as she had outclassed Olympic bronze medallist Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson 13-0 only to go down to Mayu Mukaida.Having bagged the Olympic quota in Nur-Sultan, Vinesh Phogat can breathe easy and focus on the preparations for Tokyo Olympics.Meanwhile, India’s Pooja Dhanda lost the semi-final of the 59 kg freestyle event to Russia’s Liubov Ovcharova 10-0. The bronze medallist from last year’s world meet will now battle for a bronze medal later this week.Also Read | India wrestler Vinesh Phogat makes it to 2020 Tokyo Olympics, to fight for bronze at WorldsFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Vinesh PhogatFollow World Wrestling Championships Nextlast_img

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