India Shines Again: Vinesh Phogat Becomes First Indian Woman Wrestler To Win Gold At Asian Games
In 2016 Rio Olympics quarterfinal, Vinesh Phogat lay flat with tears rolling down her cheek and writhing pain from a knee injury. After two long years of painful rehabilitation, Vinesh becomes the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in Asian Games.
“I had targeted gold. I had 3-4 silvers at the Asia level. So I was determined to win a gold today. My body responded well. I had trained well and God was also kind to me. Everything fell in place for me today,” said Vinesh with moist eyes after winning gold in the 50kg freestyle category, reported The Times of India.
“Injuries are part of an athlete’s career. It is difficult both emotionally and physically. But I shrugged off everything to deliver some good medals recently. Someone has said an athlete becomes strong after injury and I feel I indeed have become stronger than before,” she added.
In a tweet, she thanked her Hungarian coach Woller Akos who was thousands of miles away in Budapest when Vinesh stepped on the mat.
Being one of the Phogat sisters, who shot to fame after the Aamir Khan movie, Vinesh also won a gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this year. The 23-year-old said “I work on this but I am like this from childhood. I have always been rough and tough. I take risks in life and they pay off. I have self-belief. I feel there is nothing that I can’t do.”
Others who shined in the Asian Games
Phogat was not the only one to clinch a Gold for India. On Sunday, Wrestler Bajrang Punia clinched India’s first gold medal in the 18th Asian Games after defeating Takatani Daichi of Japan in the men’s 65 kg freestyle title bout. Also, 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary has made India proud in the ongoing Asian Games. He created history by winning India’s first ever gold in the 10m air pistol event.
The 18th Asian Games started on Saturday, August 18 in Indonesia, with 45 nations participating with 11,500 athletes, which is 1000 more than a typical Summer Olympics. We wish all the athletes the very best and hope that they would make their nation proud.
Posted by The Logical Indian on Monday, August 20, 2018
In the shooting 10m air rifle event, Deepak Kumar bagged India’s first silver. India opened its account in the 18th Asian Games with Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela winning the bronze medal in the 10m mixed air rifle event.