Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Vinesh Phogat, wrestling, 2020 Tokyo Olympics, World Championships, Maria Prevolaraki, Sarah Hildebrandt

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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