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Vinesh Phogat Defeats Olympic Medallist 13-0 To Enter World Wrestling Championships Quarters

Vinesh Phogat booked a berth in the last 8 of the World Wrestling Championships by outsmarting Sofia Mattsson 13-0 in the first round.

It should be noted that Sofia is an Olympic bronze medallist but Vinesh gave no snippet of breathing space to go for the kill. She first took the lead of 4-0 and then finally took a huge lead. Once she pushed Olympic bronze medallist out of the mat, the match got tilted in her favour.

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However, in the second round, Vinesh had eventually lost to two-time World Champion Mayu Mukaida in the quarters and she will now hope to that Mayu enters the final so that she can aim for a bronze medal through a repechage.

Vinesh Phogat had earlier achieved many things in her career. She clinched a gold medal in 50kg freestyle. The two-time Commonwealth Games champion wrestler was top notch in her approach and defeated Japan’s Irie Yuki to get hold of the yellow metal.

Irie Yuki was nowhere close to posing a serious threat to Vinesh Phogat and hence she ended up losing to Vinesh. Interestingly, this is Vinesh Phogat’s maiden Asian Games gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games.

Vinesh dominated the contest with relative ease by taking a staggering 4-0 lead at the start before extending little further to 6-2 to pocket the yellow metal. Vinesh Phogat easily won the semi-final battle against Daulatbike Yakshimuratova of Uzbekistan, as the referees took a mere 75 seconds to announce the winner by technical superiority (10-0).

Vinesh Phogat had come a long way in the competition outclassing great players in the respective rounds. She earlier won a comfortable 11-0 victory over South Korea’s Kim Hyungjoo in the quarter-finals, after beating China’s Sun Yanan by technical superiority 8-2 in the 1/8 finals.

The wrestler also won her second consecutive gold medal in 53kg, clinching the Yasar Dogu International by defeating Ekaterina Poleshchuk in all aspects of the game.

Vinesh brought the best out of herself in the tournament as she got the better of the Russian opponent 9-5 in the final stage.

During the course of a gold medal bout, Vinesh clinched two of her three bouts by Technical Superiority.

Written by Sagar Abhinandan

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