Vinesh Phogat's triumphant march to Gold

Vinesh defeated Japan's Yuki Irie 6-2 in the final to grab the number one position in the 50kg category.

Vinesh defeated Japan's Yuki Irie 6-2 in the final to win the gold medal.   -  Stan Rayan

Vinesh Phogat created history on Monday as she became the first Indian woman wrestler to clinch a gold medal at the Asian Games.

The 23-year-old wrestler defeated Japan's Yuki Irie 6-2 in the final of the 50kg freestyle category.

 

The two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist started with a bang as she raced to a 4-0 lead in the final. From then, there was no looking back for Vinesh, who trounced her opponent.

 

Such was the luck of the draw that Vinesh outclassed each of her opponents. 

Earlier, Vinesh exacted sweet revenge on China's Yanan Sun, whom she beat 8-2. This win would have been particularly sweet because Vinesh had suffered a heart-breaking leg injury against Sun during the Rio Olympics.

 

This time however, Vinesh did not give her opponent any chance.

VINESH PHOGAT FACT FILE

Age: 23

Mentor: Mahavir Singh Phogat

Medals:

Asian Games

Bronze (48kg), 2014 Incheon; Gold (50kg), 2018 Jakarta

Asian championships

Bronze (51kg), 2013 New Delhi; Silver (48kg), 2015 Doha; Bronze (53kg), 2016 Bangkok; Silver (55kg), 2017 New Delhi; Silver (50kg), 2018 Bishkek Commonwealth Games

Gold (48kg), 2014 Glasgow; Gold (50kg), 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth championships Silver (51kg), 2013 Johannesburg

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.

 

Her 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.

 

In what was considered as a major hurdle in the final, Vinesh came up with her A game to win the yellow metal.