(Last Updated on : 12/07/2016)
Babita Kumari is an Indian female wrestler who won many silver and bronze medals in many regional and international wrestling scenarios. She came in the limelight of Indian wrestling hemisphere after wining silver medal in Commonwealth Games
Early Life of Babita Kumari
Babita Kumari was born on 20th November in the year 1989. She is haling from a small hamlet in Haryana
Career of Babita Kumari
Babita Kumari won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Babita Kumari also won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships, and won the gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games. In the tournament in Jalandhar District
, Babita Kumari won the gold medal in the women's freestyle 51 kg category. Babita Kumari won the silver medal in the women's freestyle 51 kg category after being defeated by Ifeoma Christi Nwoye of Nigeria in the gold medal match. In the tournament held in Melbourne, Australia, Babita Kumari won the gold medal in the women's freestyle 48 kg category. In 2012 World Wrestling Championships, in the Round of 16, Babita Kumari faced Hsin-Ju Chiu of Taipei whom she beat 5:0. Her quarter-finals opponent was Risako Kawai of Japan whom she beat 5:0 to qualify for the semi-finals. Unfortunately she lost 1:3 to Jessica Anne Marie MacDonald of Canada in the semi-finals. She was then able to contest for the bronze medal which she won in the women's freestyle 51 kg category by beating Zamira Rakhmanova of Russia 5:0. Again in 2013 Asian Wrestling Championship, New Delhi, Babita Kumari won the bronze medal in the women's freestyle 55 kg category along with Han Kum-ok of North Korea. In the final phase of 2014 Commonwealth Games, in the women's freestyle 55 kg category, the first opponent of Babita Kumari in the quarter-finals was Kathryn Marsh of Scotland whom she beat 4:1. Her opponent in the semi-finals was Louisa Porogovska of England whom she beat 5-0. In the gold medal bout, she was up against Brittanee Laverdure of Canada whom she beat 3:1 to win the gold medal.
Career of Babita Kumari in Asia Games
Babita Kumari was not able to repeat her Commonwealth Games feat at the Asiad Games in Incheon, South Korea. In the Round of 16 of the women's freestyle 55 kg category, Babita Kumari faced Srey Mao Dorn of Mongolia whom she beat 5:0. In the quarter-finals, she faced Aiym Abdildina of Kazakhstan whom she beat 3:1. Babita Kumari lost 0:4 to Olympic champion Saori Yoshida of Japan in the semi-finals. Babita Kumari was able to contest for the bronze medal but lost 1:3 to her opponent Xuechun Zhong of China and crashed out of the tournament.
Babita Kumari in 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships
Babita Kumari in 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships had comfortably defeated Abdy Kadyrova Elsa of Kyrgyzstan 10-0 in the quarterfinal, after getting the better of Zukhra Mustanova of Uzbekistan by the same margin in the qualification round. But Babita failed to enter the final as she lost her semi final bout to Pak Yong-Mi of North Korea, losing in the last five seconds. With a chance for a podium finish, Babita Kumari lost to Zhuldyz Eshimova-Turtbayeva of Kazakhstan 3-6 in the bronze medal play-off in a well-fought battle.
Personal Life of Babita Kumari
Babita Kumari is the sister of India's first gold medallist in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games, Geeta Phogat
. Babita Kumari is the daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat. Babita Kumari has a cousin Vinesh Phogat who won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and is now competing in Rio Olympics 2016.
Babita Kumari along with her sister and cousin, have contributed to a change in mindset and attitude towards girls and women in their village in Haryana.
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