Vinesh Phogat Won India’s First Ever Gold in Women’s Wrestling
Vinesh Phogat on Monday won India’s first ever gold medal in women’s wrestling by defeating Japan’s Yuki Irie. This is India’s fifth medal in the ongoing Asian Games. Her category was women’s Freestyle 50kg. She has become the first female gold medalist at the Asiad.
She totally dominated the match and won 6-2. Her coach is Woller Akos from Hungary. He was thousands of miles away in Budapest during the match but sent several instructions to Vinesh over WhatsApp between her semi-final and final match.
The trick was to not put the right leg forward. Vinesh always used her right leg as a base to launch attacks in the past and it made her predictable. The most important instruction was to not put the right leg forward and she did the same. She used her left leg as the base in the final match against the Japanese player. This confused her opponent and landed her the win.
Earlier, India’s shooter Lakshay won by finishing second in the men’s trap final at the 2018 Asian Games. The 20-year-old got 43 points to finish second.