Jholi good gold for Vinesh
Jakarta, August 20
The move is called Cradle or Jholi in akhada parlance. As the name suggests, the move is similar to the action of a person holding a baby. The move involves the aggressor first grabbing the neck of the opponent with one arm and clinching the knee by wrapping the elbow with the other. Lock both the hands together and the opponent has nowhere to move.On Monday, Vinesh Phogat first did the Cradle early on against Japan’s Yuki Irie and then was comfortable throughout. A minute into the first period of the 50kg final, the 23-year-old first locked her arms around Yuki to pin her on the mat and then rolled her. This brought her four quick points.The lead stood 4-0 after the first period. And the comfortable lead brought a change in strategy, Vinesh now was not attacking. The referee first mildly reminded her to be more aggressive but then gave a caution point against her for failing to do so.The big change was her defensive work in the second period. She evaded the attacks on most occasions by sprawling her legs on the mat. The Japanese managed a point but was caught on the counter and Vinesh became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. At the end the scorecard read 6-2.“I had targeted gold. I have won 3-4 silvers at the Asia level. I was determined to win a gold today. My body responded well, I had trained well and God was kind. So everything came together for me today,” she told the media after her win.
The Rio revenge
While Vinesh was a picture of calm in the finals, she felt a few nerves going up against her nemesis at the 2016 Rio Olympics, China’s Sun Yanan. Vinesh had injured her knee in the match against Sun that ended her medal hopes. The injury cast a doubt on her career after she had to undergo a corrective surgery. Vinesh agreed that there was pressure to deliver.