Asian Games: Vinesh Phogat, India’s second gold medal, created history


Vineesh also won a bronze in the Incheon Asian Games played in 2014.

India’s female wrestler Vinesh Phogat gave India the second gold medal On the second day of the 18th Asian Games, Vineesh won this medal by winning the 50 kg weight category freestyle event. Vines defeated Japanese women’s wrestler Yuki Iri 6-2 in the final to win gold. This is the first time in the history of Asian Games that India has won gold medal in women’s wrestling.

Vineesh dominated his opponent in this entire match. In the first round, he made a superb 4-0 lead on the Japanese wrestler. In the second round, the Japanese wrestler attacked Vineesh and earned two points but he could not succeed in winning. Individually, Vineash won a gold medal for the first time in the Asian Games.

Indian President Ramnath Kovind also congratulated Vineesh after getting India’s second gold medal in Asian Games

Earlier, despite the problem of foot pain in the semi-final match, Vineesh kept his ability, despite the ability of Uzbekistan’s Dauletebik Y. In the semi-finals, they beat 10-0 on the basis of technical superiority.

Vineesh won a bronze in the Incheon Asian Games. In addition, he has won silver in the 2018 Asian Championship and gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Lost to Sakhi Malik

At the same time, Rio Olympics bronze medalist Sakshi Malik and Commonwealth Games silver medalist Pooja Dhanda had to face defeat in the semi-finals. In the match played for Bronze Medal, Sakshi Malik had to face defeat at the hands of Jong Sim Rim of Korea.

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Sakshi was left out of the semi-finals after losing to Kisztistan’s Isulu Tanibenkova Wai by 8-7. Sakshi tried to dominate her opponent but her bets got heavier on them. Tonybekova took a 6-4 lead on the witness. Sakshi, however, tried to make a comeback, but in the end, she lost the match with the difference of one point. On the other hand, Pooja, North Korea’s Mayong Suk Zonk made it to the final by defeating the women’s 57kg freestyle of the semi-finals by 10-0.

Pooja had to face defeat by this score in the earlier encounter between the two. Pooja tried to play an aggressive game at the beginning of the first round, but the Korean player did not let them dominate and sent out the first two points and then betting one point, the first round ended with a 3-0 lead.

Pooja did not stand in front of the Korean wrestler in the second round, and Jong did not allow the match to take revenge for the previous defeat by giving seven points in this round and taking it on technical efficiency. Pooja had clashed with Japanese women’s wrestler for the bronze medal but she also got disappointed here and suffered a 6-1 defeat.

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Pinky defeated Sumya Erdeskmeg of Mongolia 0-10 in the pre-quarterfinals of the tournament. In the first round, Mongolia’s wrestler Pinki got a big deal and without giving them the opportunity of defense, they beat the Indian woman wrestler 5-0. In the second round, Pinky was seen weak ahead of Sumia and could not understand his strategy and finally lost to 0-10. If Sumia arrives in the final of the tournament, then Pinky can get a chance to play Repechage.


By Abhishek Bajpai


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