Vinesh Phogat: The first Indian Woman Wrestler to Win Gold at Asian Games


Vinesh Phogat becomes the first Indian Woman Wrestler who won Gold at Asian Games.

The daughter of India, Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian Woman Wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games after defeating Japan’s Yuki Irie in the 50kg weight Category, 6-2.

Phogat with her ferocious passion easily took a 4-0 lead against the Japanese wrestler before conceding a point and focusing on her defence. Phogat is something about 23 years of age from Haryana, she is popular for her attacking game. In the last three seconds, almost certain of the gold, Phogat let go of the defence and scored two more points from a takedown.

Bajrang Punia opened the account after winning the gold medal on Sunday and now, with the achievement of Phogat, India won the second Gold Medal in the Asian Games.

Indeed a glorious moment for Phogat as well as for India. She comes from the famous Phogat family of wrestlers in Haryana’s Balali Village and is the cousin of Geeta and Babita, the protagonists of the movie Dangal.

Vinesh won Gold in Commonwealth Games 2014

Vinesh came to prominence after winning a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and won a bronze at the Incheon Asian Games the same year and became one of the best wrestlers in her category.

About the Rio Olympic Games in 2016, she was one of the strong contenders but an accident in her quarterfinal match against China’s Sun Yanan who dominated her in the tournament. She was carried out on a stretcher breathing in pain and fighting back tears. Phogat told Mint that “didn’t think I would be able to return to the wrestling mat ever.”

Vinesh Phogat: The first Indian Woman Wrestler to Win Gold at Asian Games
Vinesh Phogat: The first Indian Woman Wrestler to Win Gold at Asian Games

She went through a surgery and after getting healed, she returned to the ring in May last year and won a gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April 2017.

What Phogat Says?

“Injuries are part of an athlete’s career. But I shrugged off everything to deliver some good medals recently,” PTI quoted Phogat as saying after the gold medal in Jakarta. “I feel I indeed have become stronger than before.”

Interestingly, she has also started her campaign against the wrestler from China named Sun who she had suffered the injury in Rio.

“I had targeted gold. I had 3-4 silvers at the Asia level. So I was determined to win a gold today. My body responded well,” stated Phogat.

Her coach, Kuldeep Singh was overwhelmed and said – “We always knew she had the potential and the hunger. It was just a matter of time for Vinesh more than anything else,” he said over the phone from Jakarta.

“Men have always dominated the sport, so it feels good when girls win a medal for the country,” Phogat had told Mint earlier this year, speaking about the gold medal for Navjot Kaur in the Asian Wrestling Championship. “The federation is giving us an equal opportunity. Now it is up to us to work even harder and grab the opportunities and justify their trust in us,” she says.

It indeed feels great when people from our country go out and representing our land and nothing could give more happiness when these people come back with hands full of achievement, success, and recognition.



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