Vinesh Phogat on monday became the first Indian women to win gold medal in Asian Games. She sweep aside her rivals in 50 KG category.
Vinesh was a medal-favourite in her category and was likely to face stiff competition from Japan’s Yuki Irie, whom she outplayed 6-2 in the final.
It was second gold for Indian wrestlers after Bajrang Punia’s win in the 65kg freestyle category yesterday.
“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,” Vinesh said.
Taking a perfect lesson from last defeat from China’s Yanan Sun in Rio Olympics she won it this from the opponent.
Vinesh asserted that she always felt she is a stronger athlete than Sun and Monday was the day to prove it. “There was pressure but it was to prove that I’m actually stronger than her. And I’ve done that,” she said.
Earlier, putting behind her heartbreaking loss at the Olympics two years ago, Vinesh began her victorious campaign with a revenge win against Sun against whom she had suffered that terrible knee injury which cut short her journey in Rio.
This time Vinesh did not give her opponent any chance and came out a dominant winner with a 8-2 score.
In the next bout she brushed aside the challenge of Korea’s Hyungjoo Kim by technical superiority. She ended the bout with a four-point throw. Vinesh’s semifinal lasted just 75 seconds as she moved into the final with a ‘fitley’. She was already up 4-0 and then rolled over her opponent thrice with leg-lock.
The gold also enabled Vinesh to achieve another feat as she became the only woman wrestler to win two medals in back-to-back Asian Games.
Vinesh had earlier won a bronze medal in the 48kg category at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
Vinesh also won back-to-back gold medals in Glasgow and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this year.