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Vinesh Phogat: Things You Need To Know About The 2018 Asian Games Gold Medalist

Vinesh Phogat

Vinesh Phogat is an Indian wrestler. The first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in both Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Vinesh Phogat is the niece of renowned Indian wrestler, Mahavir Singh Phogat. As her father expired quite early, she was raised by a single parent, her mother.

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat

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List Of Achievements

She participated in several junior championships before winning big on the international stage. Her first major title was a gold in the 48-kg category at the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

– At 21, she participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She reached the quarter-final stage but could not win a medal for India.

– In 2018, she brought home a gold medal from the Commonwealth Games, bringing her tally up to two. She also wrote history at the Asian Games by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to clinch a gold at the continental multi-sport event.

– Phogat won her first World Championships medal at Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, in 2019.

– Phogat became the first Indian athlete to be nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards in 2019.

– She emerged stronger in 2021, winning gold at the 2021 Asian Championships. In 2022, she won another Commonwealth gold, this time in Birmingham.

Vinesh Phogat Asian Games 2018 Wrestling Gold: Vinesh Phogat wins gold ...

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Here Are A Few Things You Need To Know About Her

Belongs to the house of Phogat’s

She is the niece of legendary wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and was put under rigorous training by him at a young age. Her cousins Geeta and Babita Phogat are brilliant grapplers and have won medals for India at the international level.

Vinesh Phogat: Geeta Phogat's 'proud moment' while missing Asiad: Dad ...

The Phogat’s. Image Courtesy: Economic Times

Brough Up & Trained By Mahavir Singh Phogat

She has been brought up by Mahavir Singh Phogat after her father, Rajpal Singh Phogat was killed in a land dispute.

Vinesh Phogat ready for Tokyo Olympics, Mahavir Singh Phogat said

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Married to a wrestler

Vineesh Phogat married her long-time boyfriend Somvir Rathee in 2018. The couple tied the knot in 2018 right after Phogat’s Asian Games triumph.

Vinesh Phogat and Somvir Rathee

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Arjuna Award Winner

She had undergone knee surgery and didn’t want to receive the award until the doctor asked her to be present at the ceremony.

After Winning The Arjuna Award, Wrestler Vinesh Phogat

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Women of the Year Award By Vogue India

2018’s Vogue Women of the Year – Vinesh Phogat

Pictures from Vogue Women Of The Year awards 2018

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2020’s Sportswoman of the Year

Vinesh Phogat cannot stay away from awards! As she added another one to the bag.

She is a Fitness Enthusiast

Vinesh often shares how she loves staying fit and during COVID-19 she managed to keep herself active. Vinesh also posts regularly on social media inspiring millions to embrace fitness.

Vinesh Phogat workout

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Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Winner

India’s highest sporting honour, she won this award in 2020.

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award

Vinesh Phogat eyes the Olympics next and will hope to conquer it soon.



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