Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat loses quarter-final bout to Belarus's Vanesa, bronze medal hopes still intact

Wrestling World No. 1 and India's star wrestler Vinesh Phogat on Thursday lost to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus in the quarterfinals of the women's freestyle 53kg event.


Wrestling World No. 1 and India's star wrestler Vinesh Phogat on Thursday lost to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus in the quarterfinals of the women's freestyle 53kg event.

The Belarusian wrestler won by knocking the 26-year-old Indian wrestler. Vanessa put pressure on India's number one seeded wrestler early on to take a 2-0 lead. While making a great comeback in the game, Phogat soon levelled 2-2, but where the Belarus wrestler was also going to be behind, she also added two more points in the same sequence, later getting a point again, which helped the Indian wrestler in the second half. I lost 2-5.

Earlier, Vinesh Phogat had qualified for the quarter-finals by defeating Sofia Matsson of Sweden 7-1 in the round of 16. The star female wrestler had made it to the next round by taking a four-point lead by defeating Sofia in just under 90 seconds.

Vinesh is expected to win a medal after the defeat, it is being told that now she will have to rely on the repechage rule. But for this, Vinesh will have to depend on the performance of Vanessa Kaladzinskaya, that is, if she reaches the final, then only the way for the bronze medal will be cleared for Vinesh Phogat.

In wrestling, the repechage round is a chance for any player to forget defeat and come back, whoever loses in their opening match and gets out, they have a chance to win a medal, but this happens only when that player reaches the final.