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Vinesh has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 53kg category. She is the only woman wrestler from India to qualify for the Olympics. (File photo)
India’s legendary wrestler Vinesh Phogat has won the gold medal at the XXIV Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Koches Memorial running in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Khel Ratna Awardee The Wrestler defeated the 2017 World Champion and World No. 7 Vanessa Kalajinskaya of Belarus 10-8 in the 53kg category on Sunday. Vinesh Corona landed in the ring after a year of staying away from the game due to epidemics and lockdown.
Already qualified for Tokyo Olympics
Vinesh defeated Romania’s Ana A 2–0 in the semi-finals on Saturday. In the round of 16, Lulia Leorda and Katsiyarina Pichkoskaya were defeated in the quarter-finals. She has been training in Europe since November 2020. In the lockdown, Vinesh was practicing in her village in Haryana. Whereas, his coach Völler Ekos was mindful of Vinesh’s routine virtually from Hungary.
Won Gold in 2 Commonwealth Games and 1 Asian Games
Earlier this year, she rejoined her coach in Budapest. Vinesh was training with some of the top wrestlers in Poland. Now she will go to Rome. There they will take part in the first ranking tournament of the season from March 4 to 7. Vinesh has won 2 gold medals in the Commonwealth Games (2014,2018) and 1 in the Asian Games (2018).
The leg in which Vinesh had to leave due to fracture, made it like iron
Vinesh had to skip the middle bout due to a leg fracture at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She remained in bed for 6 months. I could not exercise, so I kept reinforcing myself mentally. He worked hard to win gold in the Commonwealth and Asiad in 2018.
The bronze medal win at the World Senior Championships in 2019 confirmed the Tokyo Olympic ticket. Experts advised him to play with his feet, but Vinesh strengthened the leg attack. He also used the leg attack the most in the World Championship to score points.
4 wrestlers have achieved Olympic quota so far
Vinesh has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 53kg category. She is the only woman wrestler from India to qualify for the Olympics. While among men, Bajrang Punia, Deepak Poonia and Ravi Dahiya have achieved quota in their weight cat kernel.
However, Indian wrestlers still have two chances to win the Olympic quota. Next year Asian qualifiers are to be held in Kazakhstan from 9 to 11 April and in Bulgaria from 6 to 9 May.
Vinesh got Khel Ratna
Vinesh Phogat was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna only last year. He was accompanied by cricketer Rohit Sharma, table tennis player Monica Batra, para-athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu and women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal. Vinesh was also corona positive.