Star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat proved that her preparations for the Tokyo Video games have been on monitor by successful the 53kg gold on the Poland Open right here on Friday, giving herself some essential ‘mat-time’ forward of the Olympics.
It’s third title of the season for the 26-year-old Vinesh, who claimed gold medals on the Matteo Pellicone occasion (March) and Asian Championship (April) earlier.
The victory would doubtlessly make Vinesh the highest seed on the Tokyo Olympics.
Apart from her opening bout in opposition to 2019 World bronze (50kg) winner Ekaterina Poleshchuk, Vinesh wasn’t troubled by any of her different rivals as she conceded solely two factors en route the highest place on the rostrum.
She didn’t concede a single level to Ukraine’s Khrystyna Bereza within the ultimate, successful Eight-Zero. Vinesh took most of her factors by means of double-leg assaults whereas the 2019 European silver medallist Bereza was on the defensive all through.
The World bronze winner and Asian Video games champion needed to battle arduous in opposition to Poleshchuk earlier than prevailing 6-2 however wanted solely 75 seconds to pin her American rival Amy Ann Fearnside within the semifinals.
It was a tricky begin for Vinesh as she was up in opposition to Ekaterina, whose defence was fairly sturdy.
Vinesh went for a left-leg assault however the Russian took the Indian down on counter for a 2-Zero lead which she maintained all through the primary interval. Moments earlier than the break, Vinesh initiated one other transfer however couldn’t full.
Early within the second interval, Vinesh had Russian in hassle with a double leg assault as she levelled the rating after which received two extra factors when Ekaterina dedicated a technical violation and was cautioned.
Vinesh accomplished the win with another take-down transfer.
It was a snug win within the subsequent spherical, although, as Vinesh pinned American rival opponent in simply 75 seconds. She was main 6-Zero at the moment.
Earlier within the day, Anshu Malik pulled out of the 57kg competitors on account of fever.