Vinesh Phogat Wins Spanish Grand Prix Gold Ahead Of Asiad

Ria Das
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Vinesh Phogat wins Spanish Grand Prix

Young Olympian wrestler Vinesh Phogat is heading off to the Asian Games and before that she had to ensure stability. She bagged gold at the Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid on Sunday. Vinesh won the gold medal in the women’s freestyle 50kg category and dominated the stage, conceding just one point in five bouts en route to the top title victory -- A much-triumphant show after the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) and before kickstarting the Asian Games campaign.


“My confidence got boosted after winning gold at CWG. In this competition, I wanted to see where I lack, heading into the Asian Games. It was a big competition, it was world class. The target was to play and do well here before the Asian Games,” said the 24-year-old told PTI from Madrid after the game.

Vinesh beat Natasha Fox of Canada in the final bout of the 50kg category. She won a straight 10-0 inside the first period. The gold added to her already rich haul of medals.

 “It was a good field with top wrestlers from Russia, USA and Canada in my category. I hope I can continue with my gold spree at the Asian Games,” - Vinesh Phogat

Vinesh trains in Hungary under a new coach Woller Akos.

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All praise for coach

“He is a world class coach. I wish he can be with me in India as my personal trainer. I was looking for someone like him. I have trained for about 20 days with him in Hungary and he has nicely picked where I need to do better. He is happy with my performance so far and preparing me for gold at Asian Games,” said Vinesh, Hindustan Times reported.

Vinesh is a gold medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, winner of a bronze at the Asian Games and a silver at the Asian Championships.

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