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Babita Kumari Phogat (born 20 November 1989) is an Indian female wrestler, who won the gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games. She also won silver medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships.[4] She joined politics later and contested Haryana assembly election on BJP ticket in 2019 but lost from Dadri.

Babita Kumari Phogat
Personal information
NationalityIndian
Born (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 29)
Bhiwani,[1] Haryana, India
Height160 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Sport
CountryIndia
SportFreestyle wrestling
Event(s)55 kg
Coached byMahavir Singh Phogat
Updated on 18 September 2015.

Personal life and familyEdit

Babita is the sister of India's first gold medalist in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games, Geeta Phogat, and the daughter of wrestler and Dronacharya Award recipient Mahavir Singh Phogat. She has a cousin Vinesh Phogat who also won gold, in the 48 kg category, at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.[5][6][7]

Babita, along with her sister and cousin, have contributed to a change in mindset and attitude towards girls and women in their village in Haryana.[8][9]

Her youngest sister, Ritu Phogat, too is an international level wrestler and has won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. Her younger sister, Sangita Phogat is also a wrestler.

In June 2019, she announced her engagement to fellow wrestler Vivek Suhag. [10]

Babita Phogat joined the BJP on Monday 12 August 2019.[11]

CareerEdit

2009 Commonwealth Wrestling ChampionshipEdit

In the tournament in Jalandhar, Punjab, Babita won the gold medal in the women's freestyle 51 kg category.[12]

2010 Commonwealth GamesEdit

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Babita won the silver medal in the women's freestyle 51 kg category after being defeated by Ifeoma Christi Nwoye of Nigeria in the gold medal match with the score of 0–2, 4–5.[13]

2011 Commonwealth Wrestling ChampionshipEdit

In the tournament held in Melbourne, Australia, Babita won the gold medal in the women's freestyle 48 kg category.[12]

2012 World Wrestling ChampionshipsEdit

In the Round of 16 of the 2012 World Wrestling Championships, Babita faced Hsin-Ju Chiu of Taipei whom she beat 5:0. Her quarter-finals opponent was Risako Kawai of Japan whom she beat 5:0 to qualify for the semi-finals. She lost 1:3 to Jessica Anne Marie MacDonald of Canada in the semi-finals. She was then able to contest for the bronze medal which she won in the women's freestyle 51 kg category by beating Zamira Rakhmanova of Russia 5:0.[14]

2013 Asian Wrestling ChampionshipsEdit

At the 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships tournament in New Delhi, India, Babita won the bronze medal in the women's freestyle 55 kg category along with Han Kum-ok of North Korea.

2014 Commonwealth GamesEdit

In the women's freestyle 55 kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Babita's first opponent in the quarter-finals was Kathryn Marsh of Scotland whom she beat 9–2, 4–0 (classification points 4:1). Her opponent in the semi-finals was Louisa Porogovska of England whom she beat 2–0 (classification points 5:0) – victory by fall (wrestling terminology). In the gold medal bout, she was up against Brittanee Laverdure of Canada whom she beat 5–0, 4–2 (classification points 3:1) to win the gold medal.[15]

2014 Asian GamesEdit

Babita was not able to repeat her Commonwealth Games feat at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. In the Round of 16 of the women's freestyle 55 kg category, she faced Srey Mao Dorn of Mongolia whom she beat 5:0. In the quarter-finals, she faced Aiym Abdildina of Kazakhstan whom she beat 3:1. She lost 0:4 to Olympic champion Saori Yoshida of Japan in the semi-finals. She was able to contest for the bronze medal but lost 1:3 to her opponent Xuechun Zhong of China.[16]

2015 Asian Wrestling ChampionshipsEdit

Babita defeated Abdy Kadyrova Elsa of Kyrgyzstan 10–0 in the quarterfinal of the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships, after getting the better of Zukhra Mustanova of Uzbekistan by the same margin in the qualification round. Babita failed to enter the final as she lost her semifinal bout to Pak Yong-Mi of North Korea, losing in the last five seconds.

With a chance for a podium finish, Babita lost to Zhuldyz Eshimova-Turtbayeva of Kazakhstan 3–6 in the bronze medal play-off.[17][18]

2016 Rio OlympicsEdit

Babita became the third and final entry from India in the women's wrestling for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She represented India along with her cousin Vinesh Phogat. She qualified for the Rio Games after her opponent failed a doping test in the qualifying tournament and the quota was given to India.[19]

Babita lost in the first round 1–5.[20]

2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth GamesEdit

Babita Kumari Phogat won the Silver medal in women’s 53kg freestyle wrestling at 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. [21]

Popular cultureEdit

The film Dangal loosely based on the story of her and her sister which released on 23 December 2016. Babita was portrayed by Sanya Malhotra and her younger self by Suhani Bhatnagar.[22][23][24]

PoliticsEdit

She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in August 2019.[25] She lost to BJP rebel Sombir in October 2019 in Haryana assembly elections from Dadri (Vidhan Sabha constituency). [26]

Other titlesEdit

  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2010 – Sixth place[27]
  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2012 – Bronze[28]
  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2014 – Silver[29]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BABITA KUMARI". Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Indian women win three gold in Commonwealth Wrestling". Zee News. PTI. 19 December 2009. Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  3. ^ "RESULTS – 2011 Championships". commonwealthwrestling.sharepoint.com. Commonwealth Amateur Wrestling Association (CAWA). Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Babita clinches bronze in World Championships". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Meet the medal winning Phogat sisters".
  6. ^ "Wrestling coach Mahavir Phogat overlooked for Dronacharya Award".
  7. ^ The Powerhouse Phogat Siblings and their Cousin - Deeta, Babita and Vinesh, Femina.
  8. ^ "'Phogat sisters' build their legacy in wrestling". www.sunday-guardian.com. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Meet the medal winning Phogat sisters | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  10. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/off-the-field/babita-phogat-all-set-to-get-married/articleshow/69662051.cms?from=mdr
  11. ^ "Babita Phogat and Mahavir Phogat join BJP".
  12. ^ a b "Home". commonwealthwrestling.sharepoint.com. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  13. ^ Chetan Sharma (8 October 2010). "CWG wrestling: Anita, Alka win gold, Babita bags silver". New Delhi: Web India. Archived from the original on 20 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  14. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Archived from the original on 26 December 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Glasgow 2014 – Babita Kumari Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Athletes_Profile | Biographies | Sports". www.incheon2014ag.org. Retrieved 2 November 2015.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Sakshi Malik, Lalita Win Bronze in Asian Wrestling Championship". NDTVSports.com. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Indian Wrestlers Fail to Make a Mark in World Wrestling Championships". NDTVSports.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  19. ^ "Khatri, Babita bag Rio berths, take Indian wrestlers' count to 8". 11 May 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Babita Kumari loses her wrestling bout, bows out of Rio Olympics 2016 – Firstpost". Firstpost. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  21. ^ "CWG 2018, Wrestling highlights: Sushil Kumar, Rahul Aware win gold medal; Babita Kumari wins silver; Kiran wins bronze". 12 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Aamir Khan to play Mahavir Phogat in Dangal, meets his wrestler daughters Geeta and Babita".
  23. ^ "This is how Aamir is preparing for his role in Dangal".
  24. ^ "Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Johar visit Aamir Khan post his injury". Bollywood Mantra. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  25. ^ https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/babita-phogat-father-mahavir-join-bjp-today-1579927-2019-08-12
  26. ^ https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/haryana-assembly-elections-wrestler-babita-phogat-loses-to-bjp-rebel-sombir-sangwan-in-dadri/articleshow/71741970.cms
  27. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  28. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  29. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2 November 2015.

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