Is it possible to get the best positions without building links?

Hi. My theme is biathlon (sport). And I would like to create a site about it in English.
There is easy rivalry (official site, and several news sites).
But I do not have money for the construction of links, it is a risk. You can invest $ 100-200 :)

And I think, is it possible?

The last time I was in the English section of SEO … 8 years ago)) Then, many people used directories to push.

What is it now?