Geeta Phogot Loses to Canada in Women’s 55Kg Wrestling
India wrestler Geeta Phogat crashed out of the Olympics after she lost her first repechage round to Ukraine’s Tetyana Lazareva 3-0 in the women’s 55kg wrestling event here Thursday.
Geeta got into the repechage round after Canadian Tonya Lynn Verbeek, who had defeated her in the first round, went on to qualify for the title clash.
In the repechage, Geeta found it extremely tough against the 31-year-old Tetyana, a two-time silver medallist at the World Championship. Geeta lost the first period 3-0 and the second 1-0.
In the first round, Geeta, first Indian female wrestler in Olympics, lost 1-3 in the first round to Tonya, a two-time Olympic medallist. Tonya, 34, was a silver medallist in Athens Olympics and bronze medal winner at the Beijing Games.
The fight was even till round two with both opponents sharing a point each. Verbeek changed gears in the final round to advance to the quarter-finals.
Geeta qualified for the repechage after Tonya won her quarter-final and semi-final bouts to reach the final, where she will be up against Japanese Saori Yoshida.