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18th Asian Games : Vinesh Phogat Scripts History, First Indian Woman Wrestler To Bag Gold

Picture Courtesy : India Today
Picture Courtesy : India Today

India have bagged their second Gold medal of the 18th Asian Games at Indonesia. In a history making feat , ace wrestler Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. In sterling display  she outclassed her rivals to power to glory in the  50kg category .

Vinesh was a medal-favourite in her category and was likely to face stiff competition from Japan’s Yuki Irie whom she outplayed 6-2 in the final.

It is surely a ground-breaking achievement for the 23-year-old firebrand Haryana wrestler, who is connected to Dangal-famed Phogat family.

Putting behind her heart-breaking loss at the Olympics two years ago, Vinesh began her victorious campaign with a revenge win against Chinese Yanan Sun against whom she had suffered that terrible leg injury which cut short her journey in Rio.

This time Vinesh did not give her opponent any chance and came out a dominant winner with a 8-2 score.

Vinesh’s semifinal lasted just 75 seconds as she moved into the final with a ‘fitley’ She was already up 4-0 and then rolled over her opponent thrice with leg-lock.

The gold also enabled Vinesh to achieve another feat as she became the only woman wrestler to win two medals in back-to-back Asian Games.

Vinesh had earlier won a bronze medal in the 48kg category at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

Vinesh also won back-to-back gold medals in Glasgow and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this year.

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