It is troublesome to search out any flaw within the sport of a “clear headed” Vinesh Phogat going into the Tokyo Olympics, says star Indian wrestler’s private international coach Woller Akos.
One of the strongest medal contenders within the Indian contingent, Vinesh is prime seed on the Games. The prime billing isn’t a surprise because the 26-year-old is going into the showpiece undefeated this yr.
The final time she stepped out of mat with out a victory was on the Asian Championship in February 2020 when she misplaced to Mayu Maukaida within the semifinals to accept a bronze.
Hungarian coach Akos says Vinesh is a terrific pupil of the sport and he has excessive hopes that she will likely be preventing for a gold in Tokyo.
“Her head is clear. She has got better on leg attacks and counter attacks and has a clear head. The strategies devised outside the mat are now executed on the mat because of a clear head. There were times when she could not do it but it’s much better,” Akos advised PTI from Hungary.
Akos has been working with Vinesh since February 2019 and he says the Indian was already a great wrestler however now she has remodeled into a distinct stage.
“We are on great way. She is healthier and higher on a regular basis. She is extra higher bodily and tactically. Motions (circle motions) are extra now, leg defence extra higher. She is extra purposeful and extra acutely aware.
“Vinesh is good in everything. I am hoping to see her fighting for gold.”
Akos’ confidence stems from the truth that Vinesh is now constantly executing the methods devised for various opponents.
“All of her opponents are completely different. Some are good technically and a few are higher bodily. Different techniques are required. Against some rivals you want arm work and someplace you want underhook, headlocks.
“On some opponents, you need to be working from a distance. And she has got better on all this,” he stated.
Akos stated it isn’t simply him who devises methods, Vinesh herself offers enter, argues her factors and in addition disagrees typically. “She is a terrific pupil of the sport.
“That is the best way to do it, by talking to each other in training and on mat.”
Yet, Akos stated there isn’t a place for complacency as a result of it isn’t solely the Japanese 2019 World championship silver medallist Mukaida, who’s going to be a risk for the Indian, however others as nicely.
“Not only Mukaida. The challenge will also come from Russia, Belarus, USA, China, Sweden, Poland. Olympic is a different competition. They are must be doing their homework on Vinesh,” he stated.
Mukaida, who will likely be seeded second, is the one one whom Vinesh has by no means crushed. They have squared off towards one another thrice and each time it was the Japanese who got here on prime.
Mukaida won’t are available in Vinesh’s means earlier than the ultimate as a result of they’re the highest seeds.
Against China’s fourth seed Qianyu Pang, it is 2-2 in 4 conferences and towards Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson, Vinesh would have an higher hand.
Vinesh and Akos will head to Tokyo on July 26.