(Last Updated on : 12/07/2016)
Vinesh Phogat is an Indian wrestler holding the legacy of wrestling in India and international sports arena in contemporary India.
Early Life of Vinesh Phogat
Vinesh Phogat was born on 25th August in the year 1994. She is an Indian wrestler who comes from a very successful background of wrestling with her cousins Geeta Phogat
and Babita Kumari
, both international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medallists as well.
Career of Vinesh Phogat
Vinesh Phogat began her career from 2013. In 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships, in the tournament held in New Delhi, she won the bronze medal in the women's freestyle 51 kg category, winning 3:0 in the bronze medal bout through the repackage round to Tho-Kaew Sriprapa of Thailand. In the first round, Vinesh Phogat won 3:1 against Nanami Irie of Japan. Vinesh Phogat then lost 1:3 in the quarter-finals to Tatyana Amanzhol of Kazakhstan who qualified for the final thus qualifying the Indian grappler for the repechage round. In the year 2013 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships, Vinesh Phogat, experienced in an exclusive tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she finished second and won the silver medal in the women's freestyle 51 kg category, losing in the final round to Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria.
Vinesh Phogat in 2014 Commonwealth Games
Vinesh Phogat represented India in the women's freestyle 48 kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and won the gold medal. In the quarter-finals, Vinesh Phogat faced Rosemary Nweke of Nigeria and beat her 5-0. Her semi-finals opponent was Jasmine Mian of Canada whom she beat 4-1. In the gold medal bout, she faced home favourite Yana Rattigan of England and won the gold medal, beating her 3-1.
Vinesh Phogat in 2014 Asian Games
At the Games in Incheon, South Korea, Vinesh Phogat won the bronze medal in the women's freestyle 48 kg category. In the Round of 16, Vinesh Phogat faced Yongmi Pak from the People's Republic of Korea and beat her 3:1. Her quarter-finals opponent was Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova of Uzbekistan whom she overcame easily with a 5:0 scoreline. She lost 1:3 in the semi-finals to Eri Tosaka of Japan but qualified for the bronze medal bout and beat Narangerel Eredenesukh of Mongolia to win 4:0.
Vinesh Phogat in 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships
In 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha, Qatar, Vinesh won the silver medal in the women's freestyle 48 kg category, losing the final bout to Yuki Irie of Japan.
Vinesh Phogat in 2016 Rio Olympics
Vinesh Phogat qualified for the 2016 Olympics by winning gold medal in the 2nd World wide Qualifier tournament held in Istanbul, Turkey in May, 2016.
Personal Life of Vinesh Phogat
Vinesh Phogat is the daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat's younger brother Rajpal and the cousin of wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari. In allowing her cousins and herself to pursue competitive wrestling, her father and uncle had to deal with immense pressure and opposition from the community in their village in Haryana. They were adjudged as going against the morals and values of their community.
Wrestling in India
India in Hockey Olympics
Indian Athletes and Olympics