Indian women wrestler Vinesh Phogat has made history by winning gold medal in the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia in 50 kg Freestyle Wrestling.
She has become the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold medal in Asian Games. In the final match, she defeated the Japanese Yuki Irie by 6-2.
She is also the first player from Phogat family to win a gold medal in Asian Games. Geeta and Babita have won medals in Commonwealth Games but not in Asian Games. She is a cousin sister of star wrestlers Geeta and Babita Phogat.
She had pain in her leg, despite it, she went to defeat her opponents.
President Kovind congratulated her on her victory
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 20, 2018
Soon after her victory, Mahavir Singh Phogat, her coach, wished her via Twitter.
एक बात याद रखना बेटी @Phogat_Vinesh गोल्ड जीती तो मिसाल बन जाएगी ओर मिसालें दी जाती है भुलायी नहीं जाती। अपने देश का झंडा सबसे ऊपर लेके जाना है 🇮🇳 #goforgold 🥇#AsianGame2018 #vineshphogat #Vinesh pic.twitter.com/9OomYeNM8o
— Mahavir Phogat (@MahabirPhogat) August 20, 2018
Vinesh, 23, has so far made India proud many times. She won gold medal in 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. She won bronze medal in the 48kg category at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games. Apart from this, Vinesh has won three silver and two bronze medals in the Asian championship earlier.
Vinesh, from Haryana, became the wrestler after crossing big difficulties in her life. Due to a land dispute at the age of 10, Vinesh’s father Rajpal was murdered. After that, Mahavir Singh Phogat started training for Vinesh. She became an international wrestler by working hard in the training of Mahavir Singh Phogat.
Another cousin of her own, Ritu Phogat, too is an international level wrestler and has won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship.
In men’s category, India won one gold medal from Bajrang Punia (65kg) on Sunday.