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Star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat, on Sunday, pinned 2017 world champion V Kaladzinskay to seize a gold medal on the Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial match in Kiev, Ukraine, and returned to the mat in fashion after an extended coronavirus-forced break.
Up towards the world quantity seven Belarusian, it was not a simple bout for the world quantity three Indian as the 2 grapplers stored testing one another with constant assaults within the sea-saw battle by which Vinesh prevailed.
Vinesh opened up a 4-0 lead within the 53kg ultimate with a throw which she initiated with a left-leg assault however Kaladzinskay made it 4-4 with her sensible transfer.
Vinesh took the break main 6-4, including to her rating with a take down, 10 seconds earlier than the break.
The Belarusian put stress on the Indian with one other four-point throw however with 25 seconds to go, Vinesh’s transfer fetched her 4 extra factors for a 10-8 lead. She obtained right into a place from the place she pinned Kaladzinskay to guarantee herself a gold.
Since the coronavirus halted all competitions final yr, it was the primary competitors for Vinesh, who’s the one Indian lady wrestler to have certified for the Tokyo Games.
Asked about her defence, Vinesh’s Belgian coach Woller Akos stated he would converse solely after he discusses the bout with his ward.
The subsequent match for Vinesh is UWW rating collection occasion — Matteo Pellicone in Italy, the place fellow Tokyo Qualifiers Bajrang Punia and Ravi Dahiya may also be seen in motion from March 4-7.