Hat-trick of gold medals for Vinesh Phogat of Dangal famed Phogat family in Commonwealth Games

Vinesh Phogat won gold medals in the 2014 and 2018 editions of the Commonwealth Games

By Web Desk
August 07, 2022
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BIRMINGHAM: Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian women wrestler to win three consecutive gold medals at the Commonwealth Games after she defeated her Sri Lankan opponent in the 2022 edition of the event on Saturday.

Phogat secured a gold medal after beating Sri Lanka's Chamodya Keshani Maduravalage Don in Women's Freestyle 53kg Nordic wrestling event.

The 27-year-old was far too skilled for the Sri Lankan wrestler, despite the latter's incredible determination. The opponent was placed in a dangerous position by Phogat, who then tightly held her till Chamodya Keshani's shoulders touched the mat.

Earlier, Phogat had secured gold medals in the 2014 and 2018 editions of the Commonwealth Games. In 2014, she won her first gold medal in Women's Freestyle 48kg in Glasgow. She claimed her second CWG gold medal in 2018 when she beat in the Women's Freestyle 50kg.

It should be mentioned here that a Bollywood movie named "Dangal" was made in 2016, which is a biography of two of his female cousin wrestlers, Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari.

Geeta claimed India’s first-ever gold medal in women’s wrestling at the Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi, beating Emily Bensted from Australia in the final of Women's Freestyle 55kg.

Meanwhile, Babita Kumari beat Canada's Brittanee Laverdure to win gold in the Women's Freestyle 55kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.