puncak-media.com– Video Vinesh Phogat Completes Hat-Trick of CWG Gold 2022. Vinesh beat Sri Lanka’s Chamodya Keshani Maduravlage Don to finish on top of the podium in the women’s 53kg category as India continued their dominance in wrestling at the Birmingham Games.
India’s Vinesh Phogat completed a hat-trick of Commonwealth Games gold medals by winning the women’s 53kg freestyle wrestling on Saturday.
She beat Sri Lanka’s Chamodya Keshani Maduravlage Don to finish on top of the podium as India continued their dominance in wrestling at the Birmingham Games. Vinesh had won gold in the previous two editions at Gold Coast (in 2018) and in Glassgow (in 2014).
Vinesh beat her Sri Lankan opponent in just 2 minutes and 24 seconds with a victory by fall. For the majority of those 2 mintues, Vinesh had her opponent pinned on the mat.
“I want nothing less than a gold medal as I wish to complete my hat-trick of gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. It’s always special to carry the hopes of billions of people, including family members, when you go to a big event.
I am looking forward to giving my best at the Birmingham Games and winning my third gold medal. In my cabinet, I have a lot of medals (14 so far), but I would like to have an Olympic medal as well,” she had told Hindustan Times in an interview before leaving for Birmingham.
She kept her promise by winning all her bouts with cruise control. With only four wrestlers competing in this weight category, the medals were decided in Nordic format – a round robin format unlike a knockout one in all other weight categories.
In what was expected to be a tough opener against world championship bronze medallist Samantha Leigh Stewart, Vinesh reduced it to a no contest and finished it in mere 36 seconds.
Vinesh had the Canadian in a headlock from where she pushed her on the mat and in no time pinned her rival.
Even before people could warm up to the contest, it was all over
Next up for the 27-year-old Vinesh was Nigeria’s Mercy Bolafunoluwa Adekuoroye, who tried to resist a bit but soon the Indian had her in an iron grip. Vinesh kept her in that position for more than a minute in a magnificent show of power.
Vinesh has been struggling for form and fitness ever since her defeat at the Tokyo Games, where she made a shock first-round exit after entering the field as the hot favourite for the gold medal.
Vinesh Phogat (born 25 August 1994) is an Indian wrestler. She became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in both Commonwealth and Asian Games.
Phogat became the first Indian athlete to be nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards in 2019.
Phogat comes from a successful family of wrestlers, with her cousins and being international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medalists as well.
Vinesh is the daughter of wrestler Rajpal Phogat and cousin of wrestlers Geetha and Babita. 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. 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, who is a two times gold medalist in the national championship.
The couple knew each other since 2011 and both work for the Indian Railways where they met and fell in love.
She suffered a career-threatening anterior cruciate ligament tear in her knee at the Rio Olympics
In world championship 2019, she bagged her maiden world championship medal (Bronze). She bagged Gold in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in 2018 came in the 50 kg category.
In Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series in Rome, the 26 years old crushed Canada’s Diana Mary Helen Weicker 4-0 in the 53kg final.