Who is Vinesh Phogat?
Jakarta : Vinesh Phogat on Monday made India proud by clinching a gold medal in 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. She defeated Japan's Yuki Irie in the 50 kilogram women's Freestyle final here. Let's find out more about her.
About Vinesh Phogat
Vinesh Phogat is an Indian wrestler who belongs to a successful background of wrestling with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, both international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medalists as well.
She is a daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat's younger brother Rajpal. Both her cousins (Geeta and Babita) are gold medalist in 55 kg category in Commonwealth Games.
Breaking the barrier set by a moral community, she overcomes as a winner and makes her family proud with the feat. Her cousin, Ritu Phogat, too is an international level wrestler and has won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship.
Journey so far
2013 Asian Games Wrestling: Vinesh Phogat managed a bronze medal in the women's freestyle 52 kg category. She took 3:0 victory in the bronze medal bout through the repechage round to Tho-Kaew Sriprapa of Thailand.
2014 Commonwealth Games: She went up and won a silver medal in the women's freestyle 51 kg category, losing in the final round to Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria. Vinesh represented India in the women's freestyle 48 kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and won the gold medal.
2014 Asian Games: She bagged a silver medal.
2015 Doha Asian Championship: Phogat won the silver medal in her category after losing the final to Yuki Irie of Japan.
2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Vinesh Phogat won the gold medal in women's 50kg freestyle wrestling.
2018 Asian Games: She becomes the first woman to bag a gold medal in the tournament. Phogat beat Japan's Yuki Irie in Women's 50 kg Freestyle Wrestling gold medal match.