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Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat wins Spanish Grand Prix gold

Madrid: In a perfect build-up to the Paris Olympics, top Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat clinched the women’s 50kg gold medal at the Grand Prix of Spain here on Saturday.

The two-time World Championship bronze medallist defeated Mariia Tiumerekova 10-5 in the final to bag the gold.

Mariia is a former Russian wrestler who is now competing as an Individual Neutral Athlete.

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Vinesh, who received her Schengen visa at the last minute on Wednesday, won three bouts without much difficulty to storm into the final.

The 29-year-old former Asian Games gold medallist first beat Pan American champion Yusneylis Guzman of Cuba 12-4 on points.

She then registered a win by fall against Madison Parks of Canada, a silver medallist at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, Vinesh beat another Canadian Katie Dutchak 9-4 on points.

After her training-cum-competition stint in Spain, Vinesh will travel to France for a 20-day training stint in preparation for the Paris Games.

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