Vinesh Phogat has rewritten the history books as she became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games on Monday (August 20). Phogat overpowered her rivals with remarkable ease in the 50kg category.
Vinesh was expected to face stiff competition from Japan’s Yuki Irie in the final. However, Phogat outclassed her 6-2 in the final.
It was the second gold for Indian wrestlers in the 2018 Asia Games. On Monday, Bajrang Punia bagged the gold medal in the 65 kg freestyle wrestling event by beating Japan’s Daichi Takatani 11-8 in the final bout.
Vinesh’s victory has left everyone India proud of her achievements. Twitter is filled with congratulatory messages for the girl. India’s cricketing fraternity also took to the micro-blogging site to laud Phogat.
Here are some of the tweets:
Outstanding performance, @Phogat_Vinesh! In one swift move, you’ve clinched two firsts for our nation.. first Indian woman wrestler to bag a gold at the #AsianGames2018 and first Indian woman wrestler to win medals in two back-to-back Asian Games. Well done! pic.twitter.com/yirsMNHjZD— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 21, 2018
Such a proud moment for all of us, big congratulations to @Phogat_Vinesh for winning the gold and creating history, and @BajrangPunia for getting us our first gold and ofcourse @apurvichandela & Ravi Kumar for bagging the bronze. #AsianGames2018 #ProudMoment #shineon— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 20, 2018
After losing to Sun Yanan at 2016 Olympics, it was a great comeback from @Phogat_Vinesh to beat her and win the Gold Medal at Asian Games today. So proud of her as she becomes the first Indian woman wrestler to win Gold at Asian Games. Inspiration to everyone who never gives up! pic.twitter.com/kzh33PS7bp— R P Singh (@rpsingh) August 20, 2018