Vinesh Phogat asserted that she is on the right track in the Olympic year after winning gold at Rome Ranking Series event.
In the first Ranking Series event of the 2020 season, Vinesh downed two tough Chinese rivals on her way to the 53kg gold medal bout, where she defeated Ecuador’s, Luisa Elizabeth Valverde.
“Competing at an international event tests our training. It tells us whether we are moving in the right direction or not? So this result shows we are on the right track since it’s a big year, it’ an Olympic year,” said Vinesh after winning gold.
She won by technical superiority against Ukraine’s Khrystyna Bereza (10-0) in the first round and beat China’s Lannuan Luo (15-5) before getting the better of Qianyu Pang (4-2) in the semifinal.
“At this event, I competed with girls I had never wrestled before and against Pang, I was wrestling for the third time. It was important to know if her style has changed or not. These tournaments help in assessing yourself and the rivals too.”
“The training, the food, the technique, the style, everything has undergone a huge change. The body takes time to adapt though mind accepts. But both mind and body have to come together,” she said.
It’s been a year now since Vinesh upgraded to the 53kg category after dominating the 50kg weight division.
“In 50kg, I knew each and every rival. Now in 53kg too, I have a fair idea against whom I have to use power and where I need to wrestle smartly. I can say that 60 to 70 per cent I am there,” she said while sharing plans to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.