Having thrashed current number 1 Sarah Ann Hilderbrandt 8-2 in the repechage at the World Championships in Kazakhstan, Vinesh Phogat has booked her berth for the Tokyo Olympics, 2020.
Vinesh earlier defeated Ukraine’s Yulia K Blahinya 5-0 in the first round of 53 kilograms category, to get India its first Olympics quota in wrestling.
Vinesh Phogat is going to Tokyo! pic.twitter.com/rOi0ma49El— Vinay Siwach (@siwachvinay) September 18, 2019
The two victories meant her entry into the top-6 at the World Championships, which ensured her place in the Olympics. As per the rules, 6 top contenders book a seat for the big event.
First Indian woman wrestler to qualify for Olympics VINESH PHOGAT!— Vinay Siwach (@siwachvinay) September 18, 2019
She beats Sarah Hilderbrandt of USA 8-2 to book her ticket to Tokyo and a bronze medal bout at the World Championships! #WrestleNursultan
Vinesh had lost to Japan’s Mayu Mukaida in the round-of-16 but Mayu reached the final, hence giving Vinesh a second chance to make it through repechage.