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Vinesh Phogat Is The First Indian Woman To Have Bagged 2 Medals At World Wrestling Championships. She Has Created History!

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While any form of achievement Indian women make makes my heart swell with joy, I must admit that I am proudest when Indian sportswomen and athletes make a mark on the world. In a society where women doing anything physically challenging are looked down upon for being “too masculine”, I am glad to see there are some of us who break out of that mould and get success too. One such remarkable woman is Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat who has created history by being the only Indian woman to win 2 medals at the World Wrestling Championships.

Vinesh Phogat defeated Sweden’s Jonna Malmgren on Wednesday to win the bronze medal in the 53 kg division at the World Wrestling Championships 2022. This is also India’s first medal in the 2022  World Wrestling Championships. Vinesh is the only Indian woman to have won a medal at the Worlds twice, creating history. 

 

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Vinesh, who won bronze at the 2019 World Championships, suffered a startling 7-0 loss in the preliminary round to Mongolia’s Khulan Batkhuyag, who won silver at the 2022 Asian Championships. At the end of the first round, the Indian wrestler was down 3-0 to Batkhuyag, and she gave up another four points in the last moments of the match causing her loss. Vinesh Phogat had a good chance of earning the bronze when Khulan Batkhuyag quickly advanced to the final by winning her subsequent matches.

Vinesh Phogat had another opportunity to compete for a bronze medal during the repechage round. She won 4-0 over Kazakhstan’s Zhuldyz Eshimova, the silver medalist at the 2018 Asian Games, in her first repechage match on Wednesday. She cemented her victory by fall (VFA). She defeated Leyla Gurbanova of Azerbaijan in her subsequent match, triumphing due to injury (VIN). She advanced to the bronze medal match after winning this match.

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Sarita Mor, a 2021 global bronze medallist, defeated Canadian Hannah Taylor, a 2021 world U-23 bronze medalist, in the women’s 57kg division, winning 4-2 in the first round. Later, Poland’s Anhelina Lysak defeated Sarita 0-7. Mansi Ahlawat was eliminated following her 3-5 loss to Polish opponent Jowita Maria Wrzesien in the 59 kg quarterfinal. After Jowita fell in the semifinal, the Indian was also eliminated from contention for the repechage.

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