Vinesh Phogat wins bronze medal at Wrestling World Championships, secures spot for Tokyo Olympics

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat clinched her maiden Wrestling World Championships medal  in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

Vinesh Phogat defeated two-time world bronze medalist Maria Prevolaraki of Greece by fall in the bronze medal bout of 53 kg freestyle event. She is only the fourth Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the prestigious tournament.

This win qualifies her in the 53 kg freestyle event for the Olympics.

Vinesh Phogat had shown excellent defensive skills when she defeated World No. 1 Sarah Ann Hilderbrandt of USA in the second repechage round.

She earlier won the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games gold medals.

Vinesh Phogat lost her chance to fight for the title race after losing to two-time world champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan on Tuesday.

Vinesh’s campaign in Nur-Sultan was off to a strong start as she had outclassed Olympic bronze medallist Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson 13-0 only to go down to Mayu Mukaida.

Having bagged the Olympic quota in Nur-Sultan, Vinesh Phogat can breathe easy and focus on the preparations for Tokyo Olympics.