Indian woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat was stretchered off after suffering a knee dislocation during her quarterfinal bout at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
Vinesh’s campaign is over after she retired hurt following a dislocation of her right knee half-way into the first period of her 48kg quarterfinal fight against China’s Sun Yanan.
First point of the quarterfinal bout went to Vinesh with her Chinese opponent showing passivity but Sun Yanan soon hit back with a single-leg takedown to earn two points. The Chinese suddenly pinned the Indian down in an awkward position and Vinesh sustained an injury to her right knee, which forced her to forfeit the bout 1-2.
The 21-year-old, who was touted as a medal prospect for India, was seen grimacing in pain as she was treated for about five minutes before being stretchered off for medical treatment. She would not be able to fight in the repechage round even if the Chinese reach the final of 48kg.
“We all are awaiting MRI report but she cannot fight again,” India’s Chef de Mission, Rakesh Gupta said.
“It seems she has dislocated her right knee. The medical scan will exactly reveal the nature of the injury,” coach Kuldeep Singh told PTI, giving a preliminary update.
Meanwhile, Sakshi went down in the quarterfinals of 58kg after losing 2-9 to Valeria Koblova of Russia but she will get a shot at bronze via Repechage as Koblova made it to the final.