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Vinesh Phogat (born 25 August 1994) is an Indian Female wrestler who comes from a successful background of wrestling with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, both international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medalists.

Vinesh Phogat
Personal information
Born (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 24)
Bhiwani district, Haryana, India[1]
SportFreestyle wrestling
Event(s)48 kg
Coached byMahavir Singh Phogat
Updated on 20 August 2018.

She became the first Indian woman wrestler to win Gold in both Commonwealth and Asian games.[3]


Personal life and familyEdit

Born in a Hindu Jat family,[4] Vinesh is the daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat's younger brother Rajpal and the cousin of wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari.[5][6] Both her cousins have won gold in 55kg category in Commonwealth Games.

In allowing her cousins and herself to pursue competitive wrestling, her father and uncle had to deal with immense pressure and opposition from the community in their village in Haryana. They were adjudged as going against the morals and values of their community.[7] Her cousin, Ritu Phogat, too is an international level wrestler and has won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship.

On 13 December 2018, she married her long time boyfriend and fellow wrestler Somvir Rathee of Bakhta Khera village of Jind district,[8][9] who is a two times gold medalist in the national championship.[10] The couple knew each other since 2011 and both work for the Indian Railway where they met and fell in love.[11][10]


2013 Asian Wrestling ChampionshipsEdit

In 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi, India, Vinesh won the bronze medal in the women's freestyle 52 kg category, winning 3:0 in the bronze medal bout through the repechage round to Tho-Kaew Sriprapa of Thailand.

In the first round, Vinesh won 3:1 against Nanami Irie of Japan. She then lost 1:3 in the quarter-finals to Tatyana Amanzhol of Kazakhstan who qualified for the final thus qualifying the Indian grappler for the repechage round.[12]

2013 Commonwealth Wrestling ChampionshipsEdit

In an exclusive tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Vinesh finished second and won the silver medal in the women's freestyle 51 kg category, losing in the final round to Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria.[13]

2014 Commonwealth GamesEdit

Vinesh represented India in the women's freestyle 48 kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and won the gold medal.[14]

In the quarter-finals, Vinesh faced Rosemary Nweke of Nigeria and beat her 5-0. Her semi-finals opponent was Jasmine Mian of Canada whom she beat 4-1. In the gold medal bout, she faced home favourite Yana Rattigan of England and won the gold medal, beating her 3-1.[15]

2014 Asian GamesEdit

At 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Vinesh won the bronze medal in the women's freestyle 48 kg category.[16]

In the Round of 16, Vinesh faced Yongmi Pak from the People's Republic of Korea and beat her 3:1. Her quarter-finals opponent was Dauletbike Yakhshimuratova of Uzbekistan whom she overcame easily with a 5:0 scoreline. She lost 1:3 in the semi-finals to Eri Tosaka of Japan but qualified for the bronze medal bout and beat Narangerel Eredenesukh of Mongolia to win 10-0 easily after referee stopped the bout (classification points 4:0).[17]


At the 2015 Asian Championships in Doha, Phogat won the silver medal in her category after losing the final to Yuki Irie of Japan.[18] In the qualifying tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics held in Istanbul, she won in the final round beating Polish wrestler Iwona Matkowska, and qualified for the Olympics in the process.[19]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Vinesh reached the Quarter Finals and lost to Sun Yanan of China owing to a knee injury.

2018 Gold Coast CommonWealth GamesEdit

Vinesh Phogat won the gold medal in women's 50kg freestyle wrestling at 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

2018 Asian GamesEdit

Vinesh Phogat won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games and became first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in the Asian Games.[3] Phogat beat Japan's Yuki Irie in Women's 50 kg Freestyle Wrestling gold medal match.

Phogat has become the First Indian Athlete to be Nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards to be held on February 18,2019.[20]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Kin celebrate Haryana wrestlers' fete at Glasgow". Hindustan Times. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  2. ^ "2013 - COMMONWEALTH WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS". Commonwealth Amateur Wrestling Association (CAWA). Archived from the original on 21 March 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Vinesh Becomes First Indian Woman Wrestler To Win Gold In The Asian Games". Headlines Today. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  4. ^ The Powerhouse Phogat Siblings and their Cousin - Deeta, Babita and Vinesh, Femina.
  5. ^ "Vinesh wins gold, with help from his cousin". The Indian Express. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Meet the medal winning Phogat sisters".
  7. ^ "I Am A Girl, I Am A Wrestler | Tadpoles". Tadpoles. 2014-07-24. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  8. ^ p Pre-wedding festivities begin at Vinesh's village], The Tribune.
  9. ^ Vinesh Phogat to marry wrestler Somvir Rathee on December 13, Hindustan Times.
  10. ^ a b दंगल गर्ल विनेश फोगाट और सोमवीर राठी आज लेंगे सात फेरे.
  11. ^ बारात लेकर बलाली पहुंचे पहलवान सोमवीर, विनेश के साथ लेंगे 7 फेरे, Dainik Bhaskar, 14 Dec 2918.
  12. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  13. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  14. ^ "Women's Freestyle 48 kg Final". 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  15. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Vinesh Profile". Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  16. ^ "Wrestler Vinesh Phogat wins18th bronze for India in Asian Games 2014". 27 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Athletes_Profile | Biographies | Sports". Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  18. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  19. ^ "Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik grab Rio Olympics berths". Hindustan Times. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Vinesh Phogat Becomes First Indian Athlete to be Nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards". News18. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  21. ^ After Winning The Arjuna Award, Wrestler Vinesh Phogat Promises Nothing Less Than Gold In Tokyo 2020, India Times, Sept 2016.
  22. ^ Padma Shri proposed for Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, Tmes of India, Oct 2018.