Vinesh Phogat Secures Paris Olympics Quota

Ticket to Olympics 2024: Vinesh Phogat Secures Paris Olympics Quota in Women’s 50kg Event

Vinesh Phogat clinched an Olympic quota in women’s 50kg category at Asian Olympic qualifiers. She defeated Kazakhstan’s Laura Ganikyzy 10-0 in the semifinals with technical superiority.

Now, Phogat faces (India) Aktenge Keunimjaeva of Uzbekistan in the final showdown. Her return to wrestling was marked by a period of hiatus and protest.

Phogat competed in two weight categories during national trials on March 11. Despite defeat in the 53kg category, she emerged victorious in 50kg.

“I have fought two battles – one regarding weight cut (53kg to 50kg) and the other is the competition,” an emotional Vinesh said after securing the hard-earned quota. “On the mat, every performer becomes highly competitive. I had to switch weight class because of compulsion, not by choice. But I’m proud of having secured the quota for my country in 50kg.”

“It’s been difficult so far, but when you win, it seems like all the struggles were worth it. I’ll probably feel at peace with myself for the next four-five days but the Olympics are the main target. I’ll try to achieve what I couldn’t in the last two Olympics.”

Antim Panghal’s prior qualification influenced her decision to compete in 50kg. Phogat eyes Olympic glory at Paris 2024, aiming to leave a lasting legacy.

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