Vinesh Phogat is a young Indian freestyle wrestler. She is the first woman who won the gold medal in both Commonwealth and Asian Games. In 2019, wrestler Vinesh Phogat was nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards.
Vinesh Phogat Age
She was born on 25th August 1994(age 27 as in 2021). Her zodiac sign or sun sign is Virgo.
Vinesh Phogat is one of the top Indian Women wrestlers. She was born in a very small village called Balali located in the Indian state of Haryana. Vinesh Phogat lived with her family there. Her hometown is Charkhi Dadri, Haryana.
She completed her studies in KCM Senior Secondary school, Jhojhu Kalan, Haryana. Later, she finished her graduation from MDU, Rohtak, Haryana.
Family, Caste, Religion, and Early Life
Vinesh Phogat has come from a successful wrestler family background. Her father, Rajpal Phogat got murdered in a land dispute. After that, her uncle Mahavir Singh Phogat took the responsibility as her father, coach, and guide. She is very close to her family.
Amateur wrestler and senior Olympics coach, Mahavir Singh Phogat was awarded the Dronacharya Award by the Government of India in 2016.
Asian Games champion Vinesh Phogat has a sister named Priyanka Phogat. Her sister Priyanka Phogat is also a professional wrestler and won a silver medal at the 2016 Asian Wrestling Championships.
Vinesh Phogat has three cousins (Geeta Phogat, Babita Kumari, and Ritu Phogat) and all of them are national-level wrestlers.
Vinesh Phogat’s cousin sisters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari have won gold in the 55 kg category in Commonwealth Games.
Wrestler Vinesh Phogat holds an Indian Nationality and follows Hinduism. By caste she is Haryani.
Boyfriend, Marriage, and Husband
Wrestler Vinesh Phogat married Somvir Rathee in 2018. Vinesh was in a relationship with Somvir for 7 years. Vinesh Phogat’s husband Somvir Rathee is a national-level wrestler and belongs from Haryana.
Furthermore, Vinesh and her husband Somvir Rathee were offered positions in Haryana Railways by the authorities.
Height – 5.3 inches
Weight – 54 kgs
Eye colour – Black
Hair colour – Black
Vinesh Phogat’s Professional Career
It is simply impossible to talk about wrestling without discussing the Phogat sisters. We called them the first family of wrestling in India.
In a state infamous for female foeticide and gender equality, her uncle Mahavir Singh Phogat has set an example, that’ll inspire the entire country.
He trained four of his own daughters, along with two of his brother’s daughters, and literally revolutionized wrestling in India.
Asia Wrestling Championship – 2013
Vinesh Phogat is the first Indian woman who participated in the Asia Wrestling Championship international event. She beats Nanami Irei, a player of Japan in the first round. Furthermore, she reached the quarterfinal. But Unfortunately, She lost in the quarterfinal with Kazakhstan.
Thereafter, Vinesh won the bronze medal in 51 kg freestyle wrestling by defeating the Kaew Sriprara of Thailand in the final. This brings much more confidence in her life.
Commonwealth Wrestling Championship – 2013
Vinesh again participated in 51 kg freestyle wrestling in the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. She got a silver medal in this championship.
Commonwealth Games – 2014
In 2014, Commonwealth Games was held in Glasgow. Vinesh represented India in 48 kg woman’s freestyle wrestling. She finally won this Championship and makes our nation proud internationally. She became a very famous athlete after Commonwealth Games 2014.
Asian Games – 2014
In the same year, Vinesh participated in 48 kg freestyle wrestling as well. She beat her opponent, Narangerel Eredenesukh of Mongolia, and achieved a bronze medal.
The Olympic – 2016
Vinesh qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics after beating Iwona Matkowska of Poland in the qualifying tournament held in Istanbul.
But unfortunately in Olympics, she lost in a quarterfinal match. She has a dream to won a gold medal for her country in Olympics.
Commonwealth Games – 2018
Phogat achieved a gold medal in 50 kg woman’s wrestling which was held in Gold Coast, Australia. This Medal made her popular not only in our country but worldwide.
Asian Games – 2018
After winning the Commonwealth Games gold, Vinesh went on to clinch the Asian Games gold at the 50 kg wrestling event. She, therefore, became the first Indian woman to achieve this level. After the win, she stated that her next target was the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she wish to become the first Indian woman to win gold.
Inspiring from the Phogat Sister’s story, the film named Dangal was released in 2016. In this movie, Fatima Sana Sheikh played the beautiful role of Geeta Phogat with the popular actor Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat. Actress Zaira Wasim played the younger role of Geeta Phogat. Moreover, Sanya Malhotra also played a supporting role as Babita Phogat.
Awards and Achivements of Vinesh Phogat
- Commonwealth Games Gold coast(2018) – Gold medal
- In 2018, Commonwealth Games Jakarta – Gold medal
- Commonwealth Games Glasgow(2014) – Gold medal
- Asian Championship, Bishkek, Krygyzstan(2018) – Silver medal
- Asian Championships, New Delhi, India(2017) – Silver medal
- In 2016, Championships, Bangkok, Thailand – Bronze medal
- Asian Championships, Doha, Qatar(2015) – Silver medal
- In 2014, Asian Games, Incheon, South Korea – Bronze medal
- Asian Championships, New Delhi, India(2013) – Bronze medal
- Commonwealth Wrestling Championship, Johannesburg, South Africa(2013) – Silver medal
Favorite Things of Vinesh Phogat
- Favorite Actor – Salman Khan
- Actress – Prity Zinta, Madhuri Dixit, Katrina Kaif
- Favorite Singer – Neha Kakkar
- Favorite Movie – Kal Hona Ho, ABCD 2, Jodha Akbar, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
- Destination – Dubai
- Favorite Food – Thai
- Favorite Colour – Red
- Brand – Zara
Vinesh Phogat’s Lesser Known Facts
Does Vinesh Phogat drink alcohol? No
Does Vinesh Phogat smoke? No
She is also a motivational person.
Vinesh motivates many women in India about achieving their dreams.
She regularly posted her fitness tips on social media.
Vinesh Phogat likes to travel around the world.