|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 160 cm
in meters- 1.60 m
in feet Inches- 5’ 3”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 56 kg
in pounds- 123 lbs
|Category||48 kg/50 kg/53 kg|
|International Debut||Asian Wrestling Championships (2013)|
|Coach/Mentors||• Mahavir Singh Phogat
• Woller Akos
• 2019: Bronze medal – third place at Sultan in 53 kg
• 2014: Gold medal – first place at Glasgow in 48 kg
• 2018: Gold medal – first place at Gold Coast in 50 kg
• 2018: Gold medal – first place at Jakarta in 50 kg
• 2014: Bronze medal – third place at Incheon in 48 kg
• 2021: Gold medal – first place at Almaty in 53 kg
• 2015: Silver medal – second place at Doha in 48 kg
• 2017: Silver medal – second place at New Delhi in 55 kg
• 2018: Silver medal – second place at Bishkek in 50 kg
• 2018: Bronze medal – third place at New Delhi in 51 kg
• 2016: Bronze medal – third place at Bangkok in 53 kg
• 2019: Bronze medal – third-place at Xi'an in 53 kg
• 2020: Bronze medal – third place at New Delhi in 53 kg
Youth Wrestling Championship
• 2013: Silver medal – second place at Johannesburg in 51 kg
|Career Turning Point||2016 Commonwealth Games|
|Date of Birth||25 August 1994 (Thursday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||29 Years|
|Birthplace||Balali, Haryana, India|
|Hometown||Balali, Haryana, India|
|School||K C M Sr Sec School Jhojhu Kalan, Haryana|
|College/University||MDU, Rohtak, Haryana|
|Controversy||Protest against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh
On 18 January 2023, Vinesh Phogat along with wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik held a sit-in protest against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Phogat alleged that the WFI officials and coaches were harassing women. She also made allegations against the WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for sexually harassing many girls. She said, “Some coaches who are favourites of the federation misbehave with women coaches as well. They sexually harass girls. The WFI president has sexually harassed so many girls." Later, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh denied the allegations and said that there was no incident of sexual harassment. He also questioned why the protesting wrestlers never approached the federation for the past ten years and said that he would hang himself if the allegations will be proved true. Mr. Sharan Singh quoted, "If such a thing has happened, then I will hang myself." The Hindu On 3 May 2023, she levelled charges against Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur for suppressing the matter and said that it is tough to stand against a powerful person who is misusing his power and position. She said, "We ended our protest after talking to Union Sports Minister (Anurag Thakur), and all the athletes had told him about the sexual harassment. By forming a committee, he tried to suppress the matter there; no action was taken that time." NDTV On 25 June 2023, wrestlers called of their protest and decided to battle it out in court. India Today
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Somvir Rathee (Wrestler) Amar Ujala|
|Marriage Date||14 December 2018|
|Marriage Place||Balali village, Charkhi Dadri district, Haryana
|Husband||Somvir Rathee (m. 2018-present)
|Parents||Father- Rajpal Singh Phogat (Died)
Mother- Prem Lata Phogat
|Siblings||Brother- Harvinder Phogat
Sister- Priyanka Phogat (Wrestler)
Babita Kumari (Westler, Cousin), Ritu Phogat (Wrestler, Cousin), Geeta Phogat (Wrestler, Cousin)
|Actress||Preity Zinta, Katrina Kaif, Madhuri Dixit, Priyanka Chopra|
|Film||ABCD2, Kal Ho Na Ho, Jodha Akbar, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, Hera Pheri, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Vinesh Phogat
Vinesh Phogat is a renowned Indian wrestler. In Commonwealth and Asian Games, she became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold medals in both events. In 2019, she was regarded as the first woman athlete in India who was nominated for the Laureus World Sports Awards.
- Vinesh is the niece of renowned Indian wrestler, Mahavir Singh Phogat (amateur wrestler & senior Olympics Coach).
- As her father expired quite early, she was raised by a single parent, her mother.
- In 2013, she won the bronze medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi, India in the match with her opponent Tho-Kaew Sriprapa of Thailand in the women’s freestyle 52 kg category.
- In 2013, she won a silver medal at Commonwealth Wrestling Championships organised in Johannesburg, South Africa in the women’s freestyle 51 kg category. Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria defeated her in this exclusive tournament.
- In 2014, she won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category. In this match, she defeated her opponent Yana Rattigan of England to win the gold.
- In 2014, she won a bronze medal at Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category. Vinesh defeated her opponent Narangerel Eredenesukh of Mongolia in this championship.
- In 2015, Vinesh won a silver medal at Asian Championships organised in Doha. She was defeated by her opponent Yuki Irie of Japan in the finals.
- Based on her and her family’s life, a biopic film Dangal was made by Aamir Khan in 2016 to showcase her path to success.
- In 2016, Vinesh won the final round of the match after defeating her opponent from Poland, Iwona Matkowska, and got qualified for the Rio Olympics. Vinesh reached the Quarter Finals at the Summer Olympics in Rio in 2016. She lost to the Sun Yanan of China and received a knee injury.
- Vinesh went to receive her Arjuna award on a wheelchair in 2016. In an interview, she shared her experience,
I refused to go. I had just undergone the (knee) operation and didn’t want anyone to see me in that condition. But my doctor Dinshaw Pardiwala asked me to go. When I went there people wanted my pictures, interview. It made me feel insecure and I wanted to run away because emotionally you are scattered.”
- Vinesh got married to her fellow wrestler Somvir Rathee on 13 December 2018. They both are Indian railways’ employees and at the workplace, they fell in love with each other.
- In 2018, she appeared in a video interview and shared her childhood wrestling experience.
- In 2018, she won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in women’s 50 kg freestyle wrestling.
- In 2018, she won a gold medal in women’s 50 kg freestyle wrestling at the Asian Games by defeating her opponent Yuki Irie of Japan. On winning this gold medal, she became the first Indian women wrestler to win the gold in Asian Games.
- In 2018, she was also presented with the woman of the year award by Vogue India.
- In 2019, Vinesh won a bronze medal by defeating her opponent Qianyu Pang of China in the Asian Wrestling Championships.
- In 2019, she won a gold medal by defeating her opponent Ekaterina Poleshchuk of Russia in the Yasar Dogu International.
- In 2019, she bagged her third gold medal for the straight three years at the Poland Open wrestling championships in Warsaw in the women 53 kg category.
- In 2019, Vinesh won a maiden World Championship medal at World Wrestling Championships in the women’s 53 kg category and qualified herself for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
- Vinesh won a gold medal in January 2020 after defeating her opponent Luisa Elizabeth Valverde in Rome Ranking Series.
- In an interview, she was asked about her practice for Tokyo Olympics amid the lockdown period in 2020. She said,
Yes, I train twice a day. But I also make sure to take all the precautions necessary to keep Coronavirus at bay. I wash my hands regularly before and after training. Also, I only train with my sister Priyanka.”
- In 2020, she won the sportswoman of the year award (Individual).
- In February 2021, she won a gold medal in a tournament held in Kyiv, Ukraine, by defeating her opponent Vanesa Kaladzinskay.
- In 2021, at Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series events, Vinesh Phogat won her second gold medal. She defeated Diana Mary Helen Weicker of Canada from 4-0.
- In 2021, at the Poland Open, Phogat won a gold medal in the women’s 53 kg category and reserved herself for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
- According to Vinesh, Kaori Icho of Japan was her inspiration in wrestling. In a conversation with a media house, she revealed,
Kaori Icho of Japan has been an inspiration for me. She is four-time Olympics medallist (2004-2016). She is still competing to qualify for Tokyo.”
- In a conversation with a media house, Vinesh narrated her daily routine. She explained,
Every coach changes the plan in 15 days. We don’t know what’s going to come. If you keep doing the same things you will get bored. I am working on strength now because it is season. I am doing weight training, gym four times, then mat sessions. If we have gym in the morning, in the evening I will be on the mat because the stamina we have built we can use it in our training.”
- In 2021, at the Poland wrestling championships, Phogat said that her husband’s advice helped her during the match. She spelt out,
In the first match, I wanted to push more and play more aggressive, it was something my coach did not tell me to do, but my husband did. It was something I did in the final.”
- Vinesh explained her diet-related complications in an interview. She said,
My diet plan is very strict. I have been told not to eat sweets, a lot of ghee. I follow it most of the time. However, when I go to the mat and find out my technique is not that good on that particular day or if I pick up an injury, I get very angry. I think ‘I haven’t done anything on the mat, then why should I follow the diet?’. Then I will eat whatever I want.”
- Various renowned magazines and tabloids often feature her on their cover page.
- As an athlete, Vinesh Phogat is a fitness enthusiast. She often shares her pictures on her social media account while working out at the gym.
- In a conversation with a media house, Vinesh Phogat was asked that her opponents had the perception that she was being arrogant for being so headstrong while on the mat. She then replied,
Yes people say that (arrogant) but I know what’s inside me. And if it helps me on the mat, I don’t bother. It helps me on the mat. People say it’s over-confidence but for me it’s belief. I don’t get intimidated and your opponent also notices the body language. Some people work on it but for me it’s God gift.”
- In 2021, at Tokyo Olympics, she was not able to clinch any medal for India and was sent back to the pavilion.