Combat Sportsperson Of The Week: Vinesh Phogat

A family sport as some would call it. Vinesh Phogat is the third woman wrestler from the Phogat family. Her family in Haryana is well known for producing some national talents in the world of wrestling. The three sisters took women’s wrestling to a new high in the country and inspired many youngsters.

Vinesh the youngest of the three sisters grew in the world of wrestling at the international level in past two years and has never looked back since then.

Vinesh Phogat

Vinesh Phogat

Emergence from the shadows

The eldest and most experienced sister Geeta opted out of the 2012 nationals and that gave a chance to the 18 year old Vinesh. Geeta continued to guide her younger sister as she took the coach’s role on the side of the mat. Vinesh looked determined to prove herself to everyone went on to defeat Haryana team-mate Neha Rathi.

“My sisters are my inspiration. Since all of us (five sisters in the family) pursue wrestling, it provides good practice. I knew I had to give my 100 per cent against Neha and I did it,” said Vinesh, an Asian junior bronze medallist and a two-time National junior champion in 48kg.

World glory for Vinesh Phogat

During the 2013 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships Vinesh Phogat went on to win the silver medal for India in the 51Kg category in Johannesburg. This is how Vinesh made her name in the international arena.

Since then her medal glory has been continuing as she bagged a silver at the Asian Wrestling Championships earlier this year. And a gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games strengthens her case for future glory.

Vinesh Phogat is yet to represent India in the Olympics. But she will hope to take women’s wrestling to the next level at the Rio Olympics next year.

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