Geeta Phogat

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Geeta Phogat
Personal information
Nationality India Indian
Born (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 28)
Bhiwani, Haryana, India[1]
Residence Haryana
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Spouse(s) Pawan Kumar
Sport
Country India
Sport Wrestling
Event(s) Freestyle wrestling
Coached by Mahavir Singh Phogat
Updated on 15 September 2015.

Geeta Phogat (born 15 December 1988)[1] is a freestyle wrestler who won India's first ever gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. She is also the first Indian female wrestler to have qualified for the Olympic Summer Games.[5]

Personal life and family[edit]

She comes from Balali village in Bhiwani district, Haryana. Her father Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler himself and a Dronacharya Award recipient, is also her coach.[6][7]

Her sister Babita Kumari and her cousin Vinesh Phogat are also Commonwealth Games gold medalists.[8][9] Both won Gold medals in their respective categories in 2014 edition of Commonwealth Games. Another younger sister of Geeta Phogat, Ritu Phogat, too is an international level wrestler and has won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. Her youngest sister, Sangita Phogat is also a wrestler.

She married fellow wrestler Pawan Kumar on 20 November 2016.[10]

Career[edit]

2009 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship[edit]

Phogat won the Gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship held in Jalandhar, Punjab between 19 and 21 December 2009.[11]

2010 Commonwealth Games[edit]

She won 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 gold medal match.[12][13]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Phogat won a gold medal in the Wrestling FILA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament that concluded at Almaty, Kazakhstan in April 2012.[14] She has undergone rigorous training at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports, (NSNIS), Patiala, under the guidance of chief coach O.P. Yadav and foreign expert Ryan Dobo.

Phogat was beaten in her opening fight by Canadian Tonya Verbeek (1–3).[15] She received a chance to win the bronze medal since the Canadian went to the finals. In the repechage round, she lost her first match to Lazareva from Ukraine.[1][16]

2012 World Wrestling Championships[edit]

In the 2012 World Wrestling Championships held in Canada, Phogat won the bronze medal.[17]

In the first round, Phogat faced Maria Gurova of Russia, beating her 3:1. The second round brought a 5:0 loss for Phogat against Saori Yoshida of Japan. With the Japanese grappler making the finals, Phogat contested in the repechage round, first against Akziya Dautbayeva of Kazakhstan whom she beat 3:1 and then winning the bronze medal bout 3:0 against Natalya Sinishin of Ukraine.[18]

2012 Asian Wrestling Championships[edit]

In the first round of the 2012 Asian Wrestling Championships, Phogat lost to her Japanese opponent Kanako Murata in a 5:0 scoreline. With the Japanese grappler entering the finals, Phogat was able to contest in the bronze medal round and won the bronze medal in the 55 kg category, beating Sumiya Erdenechimeg from Mongolia 3:1.

2013 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships[edit]

At the tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Phogat finished second and won the silver medal in the women's freestyle 59 kg category after losing the final bout to Oluwafunmilayo Adeniyi Aminat of Nigeria.[19]

2015 Asian Wrestling Championships[edit]

At the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha, Phogat finished third, winning the bronze medal in the freestyle 58 kg category along with Aiym Abdildina of Kazakhstan.[20] At the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas, she was drawn against nine-time world Champion, the Japanese Kaori Icho, and lost to her in the opening round 0–10. With Icho qualifying for the finals, Phogat was given a chance to contest in the repechage for the bronze medal. She again lost 0–10 to her opponent, Elif Jale Yeşilırmak of Turkey.[21]

Popular culture[edit]

Aamir Khan's film Dangal is based on her and her sister's lives.[22][23] Her role in the movie is played by Fatima Sana Shaikh and her younger self is played by Zaira Wasim.[24]

Other titles[edit]

  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2013 – Silver[25]
  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2014 – Bronze[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Geeta Phogat. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ "Indian women win three gold in Commonwealth Wrestling". Zee News. PTI. 19 December 2009. Archived from the original on 27 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "RESULTS – 2011 Championships". commonwealthwrestling.sharepoint.com. Commonwealth Amateur Wrestling Association (CAWA). Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "2013 – COMMONWEALTH WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS". commonwealthwrestling.sharepoint.com. Commonwealth Amateur Wrestling Association (CAWA). Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Geeta clinches gold to qualify for Olympics". India Today. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 
  6. ^ The hero behind 'Dangal' - Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (14 June 2015). Retrieved on 2016-11-21.
  7. ^ Wrestling coach Mahavir Phogat overlooked for Dronacharya Award - Sports. Mid-day.com. Retrieved on 21 November 2016.
  8. ^ Meet the medal winning Phogat sisters | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis. Dnaindia.com (10 August 2014). Retrieved on 2016-11-21.
  9. ^ "But hey, this is family...", 31 July 2010, Times of India, retrieved 11 October 2013
  10. ^ "Starry shaadi for wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Pawan Kumar". ToI. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "2009 Championships". commonwealthwrestling.sharepoint.com. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Barua, Suhrid (19 August 2015). "Interview with Geeta Phogat: "I am determined to go beyond my World Championships bronze medal finish"". www.sportskeeda.com. 
  13. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Geeta Phogat: Profile 2012 London Olympics". Zeenews.india.com. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Olympic wrestling: Geeta Phogat loses opening fight". Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Geeta starts with a fight, gets blown away in repechage". The Times Of India. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées". Fila-wrestling.com. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  19. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  20. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  21. ^ "Geeta Phogat's World Wrestling Run Comes to an End". NDTVSports.com. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  22. ^ "Aamir Khan to play Mahavir Phogat in Dangal, meets his wrestler daughters Geeta and Babita". Indian Express. 30 July 2015. 
  23. ^ Mangaokar, Shalvi (30 July 2015). "This is how Aamir is preparing for his role in Dangal". Hindustan Times, New Delhi. 
  24. ^ "‘Dangal’ experience changed my life: Kashmiri actor Zaira Wasim". The Indian Express. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  25. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  26. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 

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