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Tokyo-bound Vinesh Phogat wins gold at Poland Open

It is the third title of the season for the 26-year-old Vinesh, who claimed gold medals at the Matteo Pellicone event (March) and Asian Championship (April) earlier.

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat won the 53kg gold at the Poland Open in Warsaw on Friday, giving herself some crucial practice ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

It is the third title of the season for the 26-year-old Vinesh, who claimed gold medals at the Matteo Pellicone event (March) and Asian Championship (April) earlier.

The victory would potentially make Vinesh the top seed at the Tokyo Games.

Except for her opening bout against 2019 World bronze (50kg) winner Ekaterina Poleshchuk, Vinesh wasn’t troubled by any of her other rivals as she conceded only two points en route to the top place on the podium.

She did not concede a single point to Ukraine’s Khrystyna Bereza in the final, winning 8-0. Vinesh took most of her points through double-leg attacks, while the 2019 European silver medallist Bereza was on the defensive throughout.

The World bronze winner and Asian Games champion had to battle hard against Poleshchuk before prevailing 6-2. But she needed only 75 seconds to pin her American rival Amy Ann Fearnside in the semifinals.

Earlier in the day, Anshu Malik pulled out of the 57kg competition due to fever.

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