One of India’s most prolific female wrestlers, Vinesh Phogat suffered a shocking defeat at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Her medal hopes hang by a thin thread as she is out of the gold and silver medal match. Her only chance is the Olympic Bronze Medal.
Vinesh Phogat had a strong start to her campaign, winning her first bout 7-1 against Sweden’s Sofia Magdalena Mattsson, a bronze medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Vinesh Phogat faced Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus in the Women’s freestyle 53kg 1/4 Finals. The 26-year-old Indian found struggled to break through the defense of her opponent. The match ended in the favor of the Belarusian at 9-3 who defeated Phogat by Fall.
Phogat now has only one chance at the Olympic Bronze medal. The chance is given to her because of the. However, it is subjected to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya qualifying for the finals as per the rules of the repechage. The repechage gives the athletes who lose in the pre-quarterfinals or the last 8 a chance to win the Bronze medal. This is only possible if the wrestler they lost to advances to the finals. Hence, Vinesh Phogat’s Olympic hopes depend on whether Vanesa Kaladzinskaya reaches the finals.