Wrestling World Championship: Vinesh Phogat starts with crushing win

Updated on Sep 17, 2019 01:20 PM IST

Vinesh had established unassailable 8-0 lead in the first round over much fancied Sofia, who tried to resist the Indian girl’s challenge in the second round.

File photo of Vinesh Phogat.(PTI)
File photo of Vinesh Phogat.(PTI)
Nul-Sultan, Kazakhastan | ByIndo Asian News Service

Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat made a brilliant start to her campaign at the World Wrestling Championship as she defeated reigning Olympic medalist Sofia Mattsson 12-0 in the opening round of the women’s 53kg category on Tuesday.

Vinesh had established unassailable 8-0 lead in the first round over much fancied Sofia, who tried to resist the Indian girl’s challenge in the second round.

But the 25-year-old yet again pulled off four points by flooring the European Games champion for a 12-0 verdict, the match being stopped thereafter with a technical superiority verdict in Vinesh’s favour.

She will next face Japan’s two-time world champions Mayu Mukaida in the quarter-final.

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