Indian star wrestler Vinesh Fogat has proven that her preparations for the Tokyo Games are underway, winning the 53kg gold at the Polish Open here on Friday, giving herself a decisive “time to checkmate” before the Olympics.
This is the third title of the season for 26-year-old Vines, who is vying for gold medals at the Matteo Pellicone event (March) and the Asian Championship (April) earlier.
The victory could potentially make Vinesh first at the Tokyo Olympics.
With the exception of her initial bout against 2019 World Bronze (50kg) winner Ekaterina Poleschuk, Vinesh was not bothered by any of her other rivals, as she lost only two points on her way to the top of the podium.
She did not concede a single point to Ukrainian Christina Bereza in the final, winning 8-0. Vinesh took most of her points through double-footed attacks, while the 2019 European silver medalist Bereza was on defense throughout time.
The world bronze medalist and Asian champion had to fight hard against Poleschuk before winning 6-2, but it took only 75 seconds to fix his American rival Amy Ann Furnside in the semifinals.
It was a difficult start for Vinesh, as she was against Ekaterina, whose defense was quite strong.
Vinesh focused on a left-footed attack, but the Russian took the Indian on a counter for 2-0, which she maintained in the first period. Moments before the break, Weinsch initiated a new move, but could not finish.
At the beginning of the second period, Vinesh had a Russian woman in difficulty with a double-legged attack, after equalizing the score and then getting two more points when Ekaterina committed a technical foul and was warned.
Vinesh finished the victory with another move.
However, this was a convenient victory in the next round, as Vinesh held the American opponent for only 75 seconds. At that time she was leading with 6: 0.
Earlier in the day, Anshu Malik withdrew from the race to 57kg due to a fever.