As it happened: Vinesh Phogat bows out of World Wrestling Championships 2017

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedAug 24, 2017 16:32 IST

The Indian was knocked out by USA's Victoria Anthony in the Round of 16.


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Anthony, who defeated Vinesh in the Round of 16, has lost her quarterfinal bout to Yui Susaki of Japan 11-0. This means the Indian is out of the repechage round and cannot contest for the bronze.

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However, Vinesh can have a shot at bronze through the repechage if Anthony reaches the final.

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Heartbreak for Vinesh as she looked in complete control in the first half. She was India's biggest medal prospects at the event but now, has to bow out.

All eyes on Sakshi Malik now in the 60kg category.

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Anthony finally completes the pin on Vinesh and after a solid start for the Indian, she has to bow out.

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Vinesh is holding on for dear life as Anthony gets four points.

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The American has caught Vinesh in a vice-like grip and is trying to pin her down on both shoulders.

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In the second half, Anthony strikes and halves the deficit with a takedown of her own. Vinesh tried to hard to keep her at bay but the ankle hold was too strong.

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The Indian is defending well and as we approach the end of the half, Vinesh comes up with a fine reversal. She shows great balance and converts a takedown. 4-0!

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Both wrestlers fighting hard and not giving an inch. We stay at 2-0.

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In the first minute, she is off to a flyer! She completes a quick takedown on Anthony and takes a 2-0 lead.

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The match is underway!

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The match is scheduled to start at 2.20 PM IST. Stay tuned!

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She will now face off against USA's Victoria Anthony.

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She now moves into the next round! Stay tuned as we bring to you the latest coverage from her next match.

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She completes another fine reversal to complete a takedown on Livach and finishes with the clock reading 3:45. The final score is 13-2!

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A strong left ankle grab on the Ukrainian allows Vinesh to complete another takedown.

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At the break, Vinesh has a 9-2 lead.

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Vinesh evades her opponent's advance and turns over Livach to complete the takedown. She then turns her over again to garner two more points.

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Two points to the Ukrainian now! Gets a strong grip on Vinesh's waist and turns her over.

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The Ukrainian comes charging and looked to tip Vinesh over but the Indian maintains her balance well.

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And just past the minute mark, she makes it 5-0 with a fine waist grab.

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She makes it 3-0 after executing a strong takedown.

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Aggressive start by Vinesh and she picks a point, pushing her Ukrainian opponent off the playing area!

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The World Wrestling Championships kicked off in France at the start of this week on the 21st of August and as the competition enters its fourth day, we will see Vinesh Phogat, one of India's most talented wrestlers in action. She will contest in the lightest weight category on offer - the 48kg class and is India's sole representative among a field of 27 wrestlers. 
She will start her campaign with a qualifying round tie against Ukraine's Oksana Livach and if she wins her opener, she will be up against the winner of the tie between M. Cheon of South Korea and Victoria Anthony of the United States. 
Vinesh was one of India's brightest prospects going into the Olympics last year but quite tragically, she suffered a knee injury during her bout after which came a long period of recovery. She made her comeback in the 55kg class at the Asian Championships in Delhi but now, the 22-year-old returns to her favourite 48kg category at the Worlds. 
In the last three days of action, 12 wrestlers from India have taken to the mat to participate but still, they are yet to open their account at the event. 
Can Vinesh break the duck and win India's medal at the event? Stay tuned for the latest updates from the action! 

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