The Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat captured gold in the 53kg category at the Poland Open on Friday and certainly gained a boost in confidence for the preparation for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
Vinesh Phogat wins third title of the season
The win marked her third title of the season, who had previously won gold medals at the Matteo Pellicone event in March and the Asian Championship in April.
The win at the stage made her the top seed at the Tokyo Olympics. Vinesh found some trouble squaring off against 2019 World bronze in 50kg category winner Ekaterina Poleshchuk, but comfortably registered wins against her other rivals and conceded only a couple of points on her way to the top place on the podium.
Vinesh Phogat’s Road to Final
It is to be noted that she did not concede a single point to Ukraine’s Khrystyna Bereza in the final and got an enthralling win of 8-0. Vinesh took most of her points through double-leg attacks while the 2019 European silver medallist Bereza was busy defending throughout the bout.
The former World bronze winner and Asian Games champion, Vinesh struggled a bit against Poleshchuk due to her strong defense.
Vinesh went for a left-leg attack but her opponent took her down on the counter for a 2-0 lead which she maintained throughout the first period.
But, following the break, Vinesh had started an attack with her another move but could not complete it.
Early in the second period, Vinesh had Russian in trouble with a double leg attack as she was able to equalize the score and then got a couple of points more when Ekaterina committed a technical violation and was warned.
Then, Vinesh executed one more takedown move to register the win in the round with the result being 6-2.
It took her 75 seconds to pin her American rival Amy Ann Fearnside in the semifinals and had tallied a comfortable win in the next round.
Earlier, Anshu Malik pulled out of the 57kg competition due to fever. We will see how the preparation continues for Vinesh with the coveted high-profile International tournament is right around the corner.
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