Wrestling Current Affairs

Vinesh Phogat: First Indian woman to win gold medal at 2018 Asian Games

Wrester Vinesh Phogat (23) became first Indian women athlete to win gold medal at the Asian Games 2018 held in Jakarta, Indonesia. She achieved this feat, by defeating Yuki Irie of Japan by 6-2 score final of the women’s wrestling in the 50kg category. With this, she also became first Indian woman wrestler to win gold medal at 2018 Asian Games. It also makes her only woman wrestler to win two medals in back-to-back Asian Games. She had earlier won Bronze medal in 2014 Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea (in 48 kg category).

This was India’s second Gold medal after start of Asian Games in Jakarta. First was won by wrestler Bajrang Punia in the men’s freestyle 65 kg final event.

Vinesh Phogat

She hails from Haryana. She comes from successful family background of wrestling. Her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari are both international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medalists (Hindi biographical film Dangal was loosely based on them). She also had won back-to-back gold medals in 2014 Glasgow (in 48 kg category and 2018 Gold Coast (50 kg) Commonwealth Games.

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Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold medal at 2018 Asian Games

Wrestler Bajrang Punia (24) won India’s first gold medal at the 18th edition of the Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the men’s freestyle 65 kg final event, he defeated Japan’s Takatani Daichi by 11-8 score. It was Bajrang’s maiden gold medal and overall second medal in Asian Games after he had earlier won silver medal in 2014 Asian Games (Incheon, South Korea) in the men’s freestyle 61 kg category.

Bajrang Punia

Bajrang is a freestyle wrestler from India. He hails from Haryana. At present, he is India’s fastest, most powerful and focussed grappler. He works as Traveling Ticket Examiner (TTE) with Indian Railway. Ahead of 2018 Asian Games, he had won three consecutive international gold medals – Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast), Tbilisi Grand Prix (Georgia) and Yasar Dogu International (Istanbul). In 2013, he had won bronze medal (third place) in World Championships held Budapest (Hungary) in 60 kg freestyle category.

Note: Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar were first Indian athletes to win medals in 2018 Asian Games. Both had won bronze medal in mixed team rifle shooting event.

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