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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Vinesh Phogat storms into quarterfinals with an emphatic performance

Anshu Malik's campaign at the Tokyo Olympics came to an end as she lost her repechage bout against Valeria Koblova.

Vinesh Phogat

Ace Indian grappler Vinesh Phogat has sealed a quarterfinal berth at the Tokyo Olympics. Phogat toppled Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson in her opening bout to advance to the next round. It was a dominant showing by the Indian as the Rio Olympics quarterfinalist seeks redemption.

Phogat rushed to a five-point lead in the very first period stamping her authority on the bout. Sofia was able to score only a lone pushout point before the Indian scored again to put the final nail in the coffin. Vinesh’s counter, converting defense into attack was the highlight of the bout.

Vinesh Phogat advances as Anshu Malik’s crashes out from repechage


Teenage sensation Anshu Malik has lost her repechage bout in her maiden Olympic campaign. Anshu went down to Russia’s Valeria Koblova 5-1 in her second go for a podium finish. With this, the 19-year old’s journey at the Tokyo Games has come to an end.

Vinesh will face Belarusian Vanesa Kaladzinskaya in her quarterfinal bout. The clash is expected to be an easy affair for the top-seeded Indian. Ravi Dahiya too will be in action later in the day as he aims for the gold medal in his maiden Olympic appearance. Fourth seed Ravi will face Russian Zaur Uguev in the gold medal bout.

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