Vinesh Phogat is an Indian wrestler. She is a freestyle wrestler in the 50 kg weight category and is a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist. She is also the first Indian woman wrestler to win a Gold Medal in Asian Games. She comes from a family of wrestlers; her father table tennis player, Dangal film fame Geeta Phogat, is India’s first female Olympic wrestler. Her cousin Babita Kumari is also a Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist.
Vinesh started her wrestling career in the year 2000 at the age of 12. She was advised by her father to try out the sport of wrestling. Her first coach was Mahavir Singh Phogat, who also coached her cousins Geeta and Babita. Under his coaching, she won Gold at the 2016 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games. However, she could not participate in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics due to injuries.
Vinesh was born on 25th June 1994, in Baliyan village of Haryana state’s Bhiwani district to Santaram and Shanti Devi. Her father was a former table tennis player and her mother was a housewife.She has two sisters Ritu and Sangita and two brothers Rahul and Sachin. Both her sisters are state-level Kabaddi players while Rahul is a state-level wrestler who has also represented India at international tournaments while Sachin is a national-level Judo player.
In January 2020, she got engaged to Sourabh Verma, who is a national-level badminton player from Surat, Gujarat. The couple will get married in November 2020 after the Tokyo Olympics.
Vinesh Phogat is an amazing wrestler who has made India proud by winning many medals at various international tournaments including the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Despite suffering from injuries, she has persevered and continues to train hard for upcoming competitions such as the Tokyo Olympics. We wish her all the best for her future endeavors!
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