Vinesh Phogat: ‘All I want is to win the Olympic gold in Japan’

first_img First Published: 24th September, 2019 09:22 IST Written By WATCH US LIVE She will not settle for anything less than gold at the Tokyo Olympics and she will do anything to achieve that, promises Vinesh Phogat after returning with a bronze in the World Wrestling Championship. “I know, I know. I am equally disappointed like you. I was the favourite. At least everybody thought so and I also felt that until I lost the semi-final. I should have won the gold at the World Championship,” Vinesh told Republic TV after her return from World Championship today.”All I want is to win the Olympic gold in Japan”: Vinesh PhogatVinesh continued: “But never-the-less, it has been an amazing journey for me — returning from Rio Olympics in 2016 to qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2020. I had won many important gold medals, including Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2018 during this period. This bronze is stepping stone towards Tokyo Olympics. All I want is to win the Olympic gold in Japan.”READ | Wrestler Vinesh Phogat sees ‘Japan as her biggest challenge’Vinesh, who was earlier competing in the 50kg category but switched to 53kg early this year, pointed out that her change of weight category had helped her immensely. “I have changed my weight categories, and it has helped me immensely. It has worked out well for me. My coaches have worked with me on this. It has been a story of extreme hard work and adaptability. The shift has been beneficial for me. The change in weight category has been advantageous for me. I have won back-to-back medals. I feel everyone is strong in the 53kg category. Japan, of course, is the powerhouse and will also have the home advantage. I would love to beat them and win the gold,” she said.READ | Vinesh Phogat: ‘Changed tactics suggested by coaches for WWC’Vinesh Phogat on missing the Rio OlympicsWhen asked whether there was the fear of 2016 Rio Olympics injury still playing on her mind, Vinesh said she would complete the unfinished task — her bout in next year’s Tokyo Olympics. “There are a lot of things going in my mind regarding the Olympics. Hopefully, in Tokyo, I will play the entire six minutes of a bout. A lot was left out for me to achieve in Rio. I was not able to play my entire match.”READ | Vinesh Phogat wins Bronze in WWC, qualifies for Tokyo 2020 OlympicsRelieved to have sealed an Olympic berth, Vinesh said the injury in Rio motivated her to make a strong comeback. “After my injury in Rio, I never thought I’d be able to go back to the Olympics. Somewhere in my mind, I felt incomplete. That feeling always kept on driving me to do better. I am very stubborn, I motivated myself to do better, and that is why I am going to the Olympics,” she said.READ | Vinesh Phogat eyes World Wrestling Championship title 11 months ago Vinesh Phogat wins Bronze in WWC, qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympics WE RECOMMEND COMMENT FOLLOW US 11 months ago Wrestler Vinesh Phogat sees ‘Japan as her biggest challenge’center_img Suman Ray 11 months ago Vinesh Phogat eyes World Wrestling Championship title LIVE TV Last Updated: 24th September, 2019 09:22 IST Vinesh Phogat: ‘All I Want Is To Win The Olympic Gold In Japan’ Vinesh Phogat spoke to Republic Tv after she returned from the World Championships. She promised that she will not settle for anything less than gold in Tokyo. SUBSCRIBE TO US 11 months ago Vinesh Phogat: ‘Changed tactics suggested by coaches for WWC’ 11 months ago Saina Nehwal: Badminton ace’s journey from Hisar to London Olympicslast_img read more