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Asian Games 2018: Vinesh Phogat becomes first Indian woman to win GOLD in Asiad wrestling

Asian Games 2018: Vinesh Phogat becomes first Indian woman to win GOLD in Asiad wrestling

Akshat Mehrish

Published: 20 Aug 2018 12:21 PM GMT
When the Asian Games schedule was announced, there was delight amongst Indian fans. The reason for that delight was the fact that Wrestling was listed for the first half of the games. Not only is the sport extremely popular in India, it has also yielded medals at international tournaments for long. As a result, Indian fans were overjoyed heading into the games. The grapplers, in turn, have somewhat justified this excitement, by bagging two medals on the first two days of the 2018 Asian Games. Vinesh Phogat delivered India's second medal by winning the Gold. After Bajrang Punia's dominant performance last night, it was Vinesh Phogat's turn to entertain the crowd. Participating in the 50 Kg weight category, Phogat blew away her opposition like a deck of cards. First came China's Sun Yanan, who provided somewhat of a challenge to Phogat. However, the Indian reigned supreme at the end of the bout 8-2. The Indian grappler then faced South Korea's Kim Hyungjoo. The bout lasted a little more than a minute, as Phogat beat her opponent 11-0. She then moved on to the semifinal, where she defeated Uzbekistan's Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova without conceding a point. The fight ended in the Indian's favour with the scoreline, 10-0. Phogat's hard work, or light work in this case, meant that she faced Japan's Ire Yuki in the final. Once again, Phogat came flying out the blocks in the final match. The Indian grappler won four unanswered points in the first part of the bout, establishing her dominance. Her opponent, Yuki, tried to mount a comeback in the second part of the bout only to see her attempts thwarted by Phogat. In the end, Phogat claimed India and Wrestling's second Gold medal of the Games, becoming the first Indian woman ever to achieve this feat.
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