Ace wrestler Vinesh Phogat used all of her grit in a thrilling takedown in two of the three repechage bouts against Yuliia Khavaldzhy Blahinya of Ukraine and World No.1 Sarah Ann Hildebrandt of America to assure herself of an Olympic berth in her 53kg weight category at the World Wrestling Championship.
Vinesh showed promise against the Ukranian with her sheer might. Yuliia tried mounting a powerful comeback into the game, but to no avail. Such was the speed and strength of Phogat’s 20-second blitz that before Yuliia could even realise what had hit her, she had conceded five points. A quick take-down, an expose and another take-down gave Vinesh a commanding lead over USA's Sarah Ann Hildebrandt in what was her second repechage of the day.
Having been defeated by reigning world champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan yesterday, India’s hopes rested on a redoubtable Phogat as she remained in the fray for a bronze medal in her weight category. Although her quest for gold at the World Championship ended yesterday, the two consecutive victories earned Olympics berth for the Haryana-native. The next two qualifying events would be the Asian Qualification tournament and World Qualification Tournament to be held earlier next year for wrestlers to be able to remain in contention for winning at least two Olympic quotas in each event.
The next two qualifying events would be the Asian Qualification tournament and World Qualification Tournament to be held earlier next year for wrestlers to be able to remain in contention for winning at least two Olympic quotas in each event.
On the other hand, Seema Bisla (50 kg) took on Miesinnei Mercy Genesis of Nigeria in the first repechage with scoreline of 9-9. But her run came to a halt as she went down against Russia's Ekaterina Poleschuk 3-11. Like Phogat, Seema, too, remained in the hunt for a bronze medal and an Olympic berth after the three-time Olympics medallist Mariya Stadnik progressed to the final yesterday.