Vinesh Phogat won India a gold medal when she beat Yuki Irie of Japan on Monday in the final of the women’s wrestling at the Asian Games 2018. Vinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.
She also became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. Earlier, Vinesh exacted sweet revenge on Yanan Sun on her way to the final. Starting the day for India was Vinesh, who was up against China’s Sun, against whom she had suffered the heart-breaking leg injury during the Rio Olympics.
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. Her semi-final 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.
She had defeated Jessica MacDonald of Canada in the final. 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 2014 Glasgow and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this year. In men’s, India won only one gold medal from Bajrang Punia (65kg) on 19 August 2018.