Tokyo Olympics 2020 – Vinesh Phogat enters in quarter-final, beats Rio Olympics bronze Medalist…

Tokyo Olympics 2020 - Vinesh Phogat enters in quarter-final, beats Rio Olympics bronze Medalist...


India’s wrestler and contender of medal in Tokyo Olympics Vinesh Phogat defeated Rio Olympics bronze-medallist Sofia Mattsson of Sweden to move to women’s 53kg quarter-finals, showing the art of turning defence into attack, on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Indian wrestler came out with a memorable 7-1 win over the Sweden wrestler, whom she had also defeated at the 2019 World Championship as well. Next Vinesh Phogat has to defeat Belarus’ Vanesa Kaladzinskaya.

Every time Mattsson tried a right-leg attack, Vinesh made a splendid counter to score points.

Displaying her massive power, Vinesh turned the Sweden athlete from a difficult position on the edge of the mat when she could have won a point.

The Indian maintained the aggressiveness throughout and even got herself into a position for a clean sweep  but the Swede escaped the embarrassment by earning a point.

Vinesh had also defeated the Swede in her opening round of the 2019 World Championship, where she locked her Tokyo Games quota and a bronze medal.

Credit – Yogita Tyagi

 

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