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Indian @Rio Olympic 2016: Vinesh Phogat.

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Vinesh Phogat was born on 25 August 1994. She is an Indian wrestler who comes from a very successful background of wrestling with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, both international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medallists as well.

Vinesh qualified for the 2016 Olympics by winning gold medal in the 2nd World wide Qualifier tournament held in Istanbul, Turkey in May, 2016. She would be participating in 48 kg category.

Personal life:
Vinesh is the daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s youger brother Rajpal and the cousin of wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari.

In allowing her cousins and herself to pursue competitive wrestling, her father and uncle had to deal with immense pressure and opposition from the community in their village in Haryana. They were adjudged as going against the morals and values of their community.

Career:
2013 Asian Wrestling Championships:
In the tournament in New Delhi, India, Vinesh won the bronze medal in the women’s freestyle 51 kg category, winning 3:0 in the bronze medal bout through the repechage round to Tho-Kaew Sriprapa of Thailand.

In the first round, Vinesh won 3:1 against Nanami Irie of Japan. She then lost 1:3 in the quarter-finals to Tatyana Amanzhol of Kazakhstan who qualified for the final thus qualifying the Indian grappler for the repechage round.

2013 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships:
In an exclusive tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Vinesh finished second and won the silver medal in the women’s freestyle 51 kg category, losing in the final round to Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria.

2014 Commonwealth Games:
Vinesh represented India in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and won the gold medal.

In the quarter-finals, Vinesh faced Rosemary Nweke of Nigeria and beat her 5-0. Her semi-finals opponent was Jasmine Mian of Canada whom she beat 4-1. In the gold medal bout, she faced home favourite Yana Rattigan of England and won the gold medal, beating her 3-1.

2014 Asian Games :
At the Games in Incheon, South Korea, Vinesh won the bronze medal in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category.

In the Round of 16, Vinesh faced Yongmi Pak from the People’s Republic of Korea and beat her 3:1. Her quarter-finals opponent was Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova of Uzbekistan whom she overcame easily with a 5:0 scoreline. She lost 1:3 in the semi-finals to Eri Tosaka of Japan but qualified for the bronze medal bout and beat Narangerel Eredenesukh of Mongolia to win 4:0.

2015 Asian Wrestling Championships:
In the tournament in Doha, Qatar, Vinesh won the silver medal in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category, losing the final bout to Yuki Irie of Japan.

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