Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Vinesh Phogat, wrestling, 2020 Tokyo Olympics, World Championships, Maria Prevolaraki, Sarah Hildebrandt
Vinesh will wrestle in the bronze-medal bout against Maria Prevolaraki of Germany later on Wednesday. Photo: Twitter

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat fighting for in the 53kg category at the World Championships has finally booked herself a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after beating American Sarah Hildebrandt at Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan) on Wednesday (September 18).

With an impressive show of skill, the 25-year-old secured her place at the biggest sporting event in the world by 8-2 win over the world championship silver medallist.

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Vinesh will wrestle in the bronze-medal bout against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece later on Wednesday.

Earlier, she had stormed to a 5-0 win over Ukraine’s Yuliya Khalvadzhy in the first round of repechage in the 53kg category to remain in contention for an Olympic quota and a bronze medal.

In the non-Olympic category, India’s Pooja Dhanda defeated Katsiaryna Hanchar-Yanushkevich of Belarus 12-2 in 59kg 1/8 final.

(With inputs from agencies)

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