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Asian Games 2018: Vinesh Phogat Creates History; Wins Gold In Wrestling!

It’s ‘Dangal’ again!

Something straight out of the film Dangal, wrestler Vinesh Phogat defeated Japan’s Irie Yuki 6-2 to win gold in women’s 50kg freestyle wrestling on Monday thus becoming the first ever Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. Vinesh took a 4-0 lead initially before stretching it further to 6-2 to win the coveted medal.

Her win was the second gold won by India in this year’s Asian Games, with the 24-year-old wrestler, Bajrang Punia, bagging the gold medal on Sunday first.

Vinesh managed to qualify while her two cousins, Geeta and Babita, missed the qualification spot. To her credit, Vinesh has won several other golds in the past including one at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast this year and the Spanish Grand Prix this month.

She had earlier won 11-0, beating South Korea’s Kim Hyungjoo in the quarter-finals, after defeating China’s Sun Yanan with 8-2 in the 1/8 finals. Post her win, she attributed her strengths to the entire nation for being there for her.

“I wanted to give my best and win gold. Entire nation was with me and my hard work paid off. I believed in myself that I could do this. People are with me and if they continue to be, it’ll be good in Tokyo (Olympics 2020) too,” she told ANI.

Congratulatory messages have since been pouring for her.


Her family celebrated too.

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