Vinesh Phogat

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

Vinesh Phogat
Vinesh Phogat receives Arjuna Award in 2016.jpg
Vinesh receives the Arjuna Award in 2016
Personal information
Born (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994 (age 26)
Bhiwani district, Haryana, India[1]
Height159 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lb)
SportFreestyle wrestling
Event(s)48 kg/50 kg/53 kg
Coached byMahavir Singh Phogat/Woller Akos
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking1
Updated on 20 August 2018.

She became the first Indian woman wrestler to win Gold in both Commonwealth and Asian games.[3] Phogat has become the First Indian Athlete to be Nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards to be held on February 18, 2019.[4]

Personal life and familyEdit

Vinesh is the daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat's younger brother Rajpal and cousin of wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari.[5][6][7] Both her cousins have won gold in 55 kg 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.[8] 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,[9][10] who is a two times gold medalist in the national championship.[11] The couple knew each other since 2011 and both work for the Indian Railways where they met and fell in love.[12][11]


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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

2014 Asian GamesEdit

At 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, Vinesh won the bronze medal in the women's freestyle 48 kg category.[17]

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).[18]


At the 2015 Asian Championships in Doha, Phogat won the silver medal in her category after losing the final to Yuki Irie of Japan.[19] 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.[20]

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 50 kg 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][21] Phogat beat Japan's Yuki Irie in Women's 50 kg Freestyle Wrestling gold medal match 6–2.

2019 Asian Wrestling ChampionshipsEdit

Vinesh won the bronze medal in 2019 Asian Wrestling Championships by defeating World Championships bronze medallist Qianyu Pang of China.[22]

2019 Yasar Dogu InternationalEdit

Phogat won gold in the 2019 Yasar Dogu International by defeating Ekaterina Poleshchuk of Russia.[23]

2019 Poland Open wrestling tournamentEdit

Vinesh Phogat bagged her third consecutive gold in women's 53 kg category after winning the Poland Open wrestling tournament in Warsaw.

2019 World Wrestling ChampionshipsEdit

Vinesh Phogat bagged a maiden World Championship medal in the women's 53 kg category after pinning Maria Prevolaraki in the Bronze medal match. She became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by virtue of her top six finish. [24]

2020 season

In January 2020, Phogat won gold in Rome Ranking Series, defeating Luisa Elizabeth Valverde (4-0).[25]

2021 season

2021 Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial tournamentEdit

Vinesh Phogat defeated 2017 world champion Vanesa Kaladzinskay to win the gold medal in February 2021 at the tournament held in Kiev.

Vinesh opened up a 4-0 lead in the 53kg final with a throw which she initiated with a left-leg attack but Kaladzinskay made it 4-4 with her brilliant move.

Vinesh took the break leading 6-4, adding to her score with a takedown, 10 seconds before the break.

The Belarusian put pressure on the Indian with another four-point throw but with 25 seconds to go, Vinesh's move fetched her four more points for a 10-8 lead. She got into a position from where she pinned Kaladzinskay to ensure herself a gold.

Since the coronavirus halted all competitions in 2020, it was the first competition for Vinesh in 2021, who is the only Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for the Tokyo Games. [26]

2021 Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series eventEdit

Vinesh Phogat won her second gold medal in as many weeks with a dominant win in the event and reclaimed the top rank in the her category. Vinesh blanked Canada’s Diana Mary Helen Weicker 4-0 where she scored all her points in the first period and held on to her lead in the second to ensure a top-of-the-podium finish.

The Indian had entered the event as world number three but is back to world number one by jumping 14 points. The Canadian was ranked as low as 40 before the tournament but is now just behind Vinesh at number two.

Vinesh did not concede a single point at this tournament, winning two of her three bouts by pinning her rivals while getting injury walkouts in the other two in the eight-woman field.[27]

2021 Poland Open wrestling tournamentEdit

Vinesh Phogat wins 53kg Gold at Poland Open that shows the star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat is on the track to participate in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. [28]

Record against opponentsEdit

International CompetitionEdit

Summer Olympic GamesEdit

Year Competition Venue Event Rank Opponent Result
2016 2016 Summer Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 48kg 10th   Sun Yanan (CHN) Loss-01r=02

World ChampionshipEdit

Year Competition Venue Event Rank Opponent Result
2019 2019 World Wrestling Championships Nur-Sultan 53kg     Maria Prevolaraki (GRE) Win-04=01
2017 2017 World Wrestling Championships Paris 48kg 10th   Victoria Anthony (USA) Loss-04=06F
2015 2015 World Wrestling Championships Las Vegas 48kg 22nd   Kim Hyon-gyong (PRK) Loss-04=08
2013 2013 World Wrestling Championships Budapest 51kg 10th   Isabelle Sambou (SEN) Loss-03=06

Asian GamesEdit

Year Competition Venue Event Rank Opponent Result
2018 2018 Asian Games Jakarta 50kg     Yuki Irie (JPN) Win-06=02
2014 2014 Asian Games Incheon 48kg   Eri Tosaka|(JPN)|Erdenesükhiin Narangerel|(MGL) Lose-04=06, Win-10=0

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Year Competition Venue Event Rank Opponent Result
2018 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 50kg     Jessica MacDonald (CAN) Win-13=03
2014 2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow 48kg     Yana Rattigan (ENG) Win-11=08

Asian Wrestling ChampionshipEdit

Year Competition Venue Event Rank Opponent Result
2021 2021 Asian Wrestling Championships Almaty 53kg     Meng Hsuan (TPE) Win
2020 2020 Asian Wrestling Championships New Delhi 53kg     Mayu Mukaida (JPN) Loss
2019 2019 Asian Wrestling Championships Xi'an 53kg     Mayu Mukaida (JPN) Loss
2018 2018 Asian Wrestling Championships Bishkek 50kg     Lei Chun (CHN) Loss
2017 2017 Asian Wrestling Championships New Delhi 55kg     Sae Nanjo (JPN) Loss
2016 2016 Asian Wrestling Championships Bangkok 53kg     Pang Qianyu (CHN) Loss
2015 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships Doha 48kg     Yuki Irie (JPN) Loss
2013 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships New Delhi 51kg     Liu Haiping (CHN) Loss


See alsoEdit


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  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. ^ "Vinesh Phogat Becomes First Indian Athlete to be Nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards". News18. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  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. ^ The Powerhouse Phogat Siblings and their Cousin - Deeta, Babita and Vinesh, Femina.
  8. ^ "I Am A Girl, I Am A Wrestler | Tadpoles". Tadpoles. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  9. ^ p Pre-wedding festivities begin at Vinesh's village, The Tribune.
  10. ^ Vinesh Phogat to marry wrestler Somvir Rathee on December 13, Hindustan Times
  11. ^ a b दंगल गर्ल विनेश फोगाट और सोमवीर राठी आज लेंगे सात फेरे.
  12. ^ बारात लेकर बलाली पहुंचे पहलवान सोमवीर, विनेश के साथ लेंगे 7 फेरे, Dainik Bhaskar, 14 Dec 2918.
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  14. ^ "International Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Women's Freestyle 48 kg Final". 30 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Vinesh Profile". Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  17. ^ "Wrestler Vinesh Phogat wins18th bronze for India in Asian Games 2014". 27 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Athletes_Profile | Biographies | Sports". Retrieved 2 November 2015.
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  20. ^ "Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik grab Rio Olympics berths". Hindustan Times. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  21. ^ "Mental toughness helped me handle weight transition: Vinesh Phogat". Olympic Channel. 15 April 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  22. ^ "Times of India". 26 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  23. ^ "Gold for Vinesh Phogat at Yasar Dogu International". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
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  25. ^ "Vinesh Phogat starts 2020 on a high, wins gold at Rome Ranking Series event". Hindustan Times. 18 January 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  26. ^ "Vinesh Phogat beats Vanesa Kaladzinskaya to win gold in Ukraine wrestling event". India Today. 28 February 2021. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  27. ^ "Vinesh Phogat wins gold, reclaims number one rank; Bajrang Punia reaches final". India Today. 7 March 2021. Retrieved 11 March 2021.
  28. ^ "Vinesh Phogat wins gold at Poland Open".
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  30. ^ After Winning The Arjuna Award, Wrestler Vinesh Phogat Promises Nothing Less Than Gold In Tokyo 2020, India Times, Sept 2016
  31. ^ Padma Shri proposed for Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, Times of India, Oct 2018.