Vinesh Phogat – The First Indian Woman to Win Gold in the Asian Games

Vinesh Phogat at the Asian Games 2018

Vinesh Phogat created a history by winning the gold medal in the Asian Games. She is the First Indian Woman to win a Gold Medal in Wrestling. She played a remarkable game in the final and won with ease in the 50 kg category. Vinesh Phogat hails from Haryana. She comes from a Dangal based Phogat family.  This achievement was tremendous for the 23-year-old firebrand.

Two years ago she had to face defeat at the Olympics. Phogat began her campaign by defeating China’s wrestler Yanan Sun. After that match, she suffered from a terrible leg injury which affected her performance at Rio de Janerio.

Vinesh Phogat Performance at Asia Games 2018

She won the match and didn’t give any opportunity to the opponent. In the end, the score was 8-2.  She had a magnificent win with a 6 point lead. In the next match, she faced Korea’s, Hyungjoo Kim. She had technical superiority over her and won the match with a four-point lead.

Vinesh’s performance in the semifinal was aggressive. The total match duration was only 75 seconds. She had a leading score of 4-0 and rolled over her opponent by using the leg-lock technique. Winning the gold medal at the Asian Games 2018 makes her the first woman wrestler to achieve back-to-back medals at the Asian games.

Vinesh Phogat Achievements

  • Vinesh won bronze at 2014 Incheon Asian games in the 48 kg category.
  • She also won consecutive gold medals at the Glasgow and Gold coast commonwealth games this year.
  • Vinesh’s senior Sakshi Malik had to play for bronze for being over defensive in 62 kg category.

Remaining Wrestlers at the Asian Games 2018

In men’s freestyle wrestling Sumit Malik had to taste defeat. He was not able to resist the opponent’s moves thus lost by technical superiority. Sakshi Malik was not challenged enough by the opponent. She had an easy win against Thailand’s Salinee Srisombat and Ayaulym Kassymova in the semi-final. She was in the lead with 7-6 but became defensive in the last 10 seconds. Kyrgyz took the advantage and pushed Sakshi out of the match which gave her winning points in the semifinal.

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