Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
Babita Kumari was born om November 20, 1989 is an Indian female wrestler. She qualified for the Rio Olympic 2016 and would be participating in 53 kg category.
She is the sister of India’s first gold medallist in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games, Geeta Phogat. Babita is the daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat. Babita has a cousin Vinesh Phogat who won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Babita, along with her sister and cousin, have contributed to a change in mindset and attitude towards girls and women in their village in Haryana.
She has won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She also won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships, and won the gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games.
2009 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship:
In the tournament in Jalandhar, Punjab, Babita won the gold medal in the women’s freestyle 51 kg category.
2010 Commonwealth Games:
Babita won the silver medal in the women’s freestyle 51 kg category after being defeated by Ifeoma Christi Nwoye of Nigeria in the gold medal match.
2011 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship:
In the tournament held in Melbourne, Australia, Babita won the gold medal in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category.
2012 World Wrestling Championships:
In the Round of 16, Babita faced Hsin-Ju Chiu of Taipei whom she beat 5:0. Her quarter-finals opponent was Risako Kawai of Japan whom she beat 5:0 to qualify for the semi-finals. Unfortunately she lost 1:3 to Jessica Anne Marie MacDonald of Canada in the semi-finals. She was then able to contest for the bronze medal which she won in the women’s freestyle 51 kg category by beating Zamira Rakhmanova of Russia 5:0.
2013 Asian Wrestling Championships:
In the tournament in New Delhi, India, Babita won the bronze medal in the women’s freestyle 55 kg category along with Han Kum-ok of North Korea.
2014 Commonwealth Games:
In the women’s freestyle 55 kg category, Babita’s first opponent in the quarter-finals was Kathryn Marsh of Scotland whom she beat 4:1. Her opponent in the semi-finals was Louisa Porogovska of England whom she beat 5-0. In the gold medal bout, she was up against Brittanee Laverdure of Canada whom she beat 3:1 to win the gold medal.
2014 Asian Games :
Babita wasn’t able to repeat her Commonwealth Games feat at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. In the Round of 16 of the women’s freestyle 55 kg category, she faced Srey Mao Dorn of Mongolia whom she beat 5:0. In the quarter-finals, she faced Aiym Abdildina of Kazakhstan whom she beat 3:1. She lost 0:4 to olympic champion Saori Yoshida of Japan in the semi-finals. She was able to contest for the bronze medal but lost 1:3 to her opponent Xuechun Zhong of China and crashed out of the tournament.
2015 Asian Wrestling Championships:
Babita had comfortably defeated Abdy Kadyrova Elsa of Kyrgyzstan 10-0 in the quarterfinal, after getting the better of Zukhra Mustanova of Uzbekistan by the same margin in the qualification round.
But Babita failed to enter the final as she lost her semifinal bout to Pak Yong-Mi of North Korea, losing in the last five seconds.
With a chance for a podium finish, Babita lost to Zhuldyz Eshimova-Turtbayeva of Kazakhstan 3-6 in the bronze medal play-off in a well-fought battle.
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