• Wednesday, August 10, 2022


Life imitates art as Vinesh Phogat wins women’s wrestling gold

Vinesh Phogat

By: Sarwar Alam

Vinesh Phogat became India’s first women’s wrestling champion at the Asian Games on Monday to extend a family legacy in the sport which was immortalised in a celebrated Bollywood film. Phogat outclassed Japan’s Yuki Irie 6-2 to win the 50kg final in Jakarta and was then hoisted on the shoulders of team staff draped in the Indian flag. The 23-year-old is a cousin of former Commonwealth champions Geeta and Babita Kumari Phogat, whose rise from obscurity to wrestling fame was captured in 2016’s ‘Dangal’, an international hit. “I had targeted gold. I had three-four silvers at the Asia level. My body…

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