Vinesh Phogat's remarkable comeback: wins the title of Ukraine Wrestling tournament, defeating the former world champion with 4 points in the last 35 seconds
Vinesh has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 53kg weight category, the only woman wrestler from India to achieve this feat.
Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat made a remarkable comeback after the pandemic. A year later, Vinesh entered the ring, winning the gold medal in the ongoing Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial tournament in the Ukraine capital, Kiev. She defeated former World Champion Vanessa Kalajinskaya in the final. Vinesh was trailing 6-8 during the match, but in the last 35 seconds she turned the game over with 4 points.
Vinesh, who was awarded the Khel Ratna in the finals of the 53kg weight category event, defeated the 2017 World Champion and World No.7 Kalajinskaya of Belarus 10-8.
Turned the fractured leg as strong as 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. Could not exercise, so she continued to strengthen herself mentally. He worked hard to win gold in the Commonwealth and Asiad in 2018.
Winning the Bronze medal at the World Senior Championship in 2019, confirmed the ticket to Tokyo Olympics. Experts advised her to play with her feet, but Vinesh strengthened the leg attack. In the World Championship, leg attack was the most used to score points.
Already qualified for Tokyo Olympics
Vinesh defeated Romania's Ana A 2–0 in the semi-finals on Saturday. She defeated Lulia Leorda in the Round of-16 and Katsiyarina Pichkoskaya 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 Volar Ekos was mindful of Vinesh's routine.
Won Gold in 2 Commonwealth Games and 1 Asian Games
Earlier this year, Vinesh rejoined her coach in Budapest. After Ukraine, she will now go to Rome. There she will take part in the first ranking tournament of the season from March 4 to 7.
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 received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
Vinesh was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna only last year. She was accompanied by cricketer Rohit Sharma, table tennis player Monica Batra, para-athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu and women's hockey team captain Rani Rampal.