Thursday, May 23, 2024

Vinesh Phogat secures Paris 2024 Olympics quota

Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat on Saturday secured the berth for the upcoming Paris Olympic games 2024 in the women’s 50 kg category. Phogat, who was just one win away from the esteemed berth, reached the final at the Asian Olympic Qualifier without conceding a single point.

This becomes India’s second quota place for the Paris Games as Antim Panghal had earned a quota in the 53kg category with her bronze medal winning show at the World Championships last year.

The two-time Olympic champion has now recorded her third straight Olympic quota, having participated in the Rio Olympic Games (2016) and in Tokyo (2020) earlier. Vinesh dished out a strong performance, bouncing back to her usual best after demolishing her opponents one after the other in exciting contests.

Vinesh was competing in the 50kg category after winning the selection trials. The finalists at this competition are being awarded quota places for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Along with Vinesh Phogat, Anshu Malik and Reetika Hooda secured three Paris 2024 quotas for India at the Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualifiers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Saturday.

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