Poland Open Wrestling 2021 Ranking Series: Vinesh Phogat wins gold, Confirms 53kg Tokyo Olympic top seed

Poland Open Wrestling 2021 Ranking Series: Star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat proved that her preparations for the Tokyo Olympics after she won a gold medal at the Poland Open Ranking Series. She beat Ukraine’s Khrystyna Bereza 8-0 and cemented the top seed in 53kg for Tokyo Olympics on Friday.

Vinesh Phogat dominated the final with impressive ground wrestling and leg attacks. The Indian wrestler has been working on new ground techniques and they seem to be working for her now.

While she had to battle against 2019 World bronze winner Ekaterina Poleshchuk in her opening bout before prevailing 6-2, Vinesh needed only 75 seconds to pin her American rival Amy Ann Fearnside.

The 26-year-old Vinesh can now win her third gold in as many tournaments this season, having won titles in Matteo Pellicone (March) and Asian Championship (April).

She will now train in Poland until June 18 before returning to Hungary. She will then move to Tallin, Estonia on July 1 for a 10 days international camp.

It was a tough start for Vinesh as she was up against fellow 2019 World bronze winner Ekaterina Poleshchuk, whose defence was pretty strong.

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Vinesh went for a left-leg attack but the Russian took the Indian down on the counter for a 2-0 lead which she maintained throughout the first period. Moments before the break, Vinesh initiated another move but could not complete it.

Early in the second period, Vinesh had Russian in trouble with a double leg attack as she levelled the score and then got two more points when Ekaterina committed a technical violation and was cautioned.

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Vinesh completed the win with one more take-down move.

It was a comfortable win in the next round, though, as Vinesh pinned American rival opponent in just 75 seconds. She was leading 6-0 at that time.

Earlier in the day, Anshu Malik pulled out of the 57kg competition due to fever.

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