Indian wrestling icon Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian to pick up two world championship medals on Wednesday as she bagged the bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships 2022 in Belgrade.
Phogat beat Jonna Malmgrenof Sweden 8-0 in the playoff to pick up the bronze in the 53Kg category.
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Her knee injury seemed to flare up in the early stages of the bout as he held her knee at one point, but, the Indian showed great tenacity to shrug it off and pick up the victory.
Her performance earned India its first medal in this year’s edition of the wrestling world Championships taking place in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.
She endured biting pain in her leg to complete her match victoriously before her coach lent her a shoulder and helped her walk away from the ring.
She made it to the medal round through repechage after she succumbed to a shocking first-round defeat on Tuesday.
The triple Commonwealth Games champion, Phogat, failed to put up a fight and was knocked down by Mongolia’s Khulan Batkhuyag 0-7 in a major upset.
Phogat looked a bit jaded and lost her balance in the final seconds to be pinned by the Asian silver medallist in the women’s freestyle 53kg.
But, she picked herself up after the loss and made it all the way to the bronze medal bout and battled through pain to come out the victor against Malmgrenof.
This is Phogat’s second medal at the world championships after her bronze medal performance in Nur Sulthana in the year 2019.
Phogat clinched the gold medal in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in the women’s 53 Kg category. Her triumph in England made it her third gold medal at the CWG in three successive editions following her victorious outings at 2014 Glasgow and 2018 Gold Coast.
She spearheaded the fabulous 12 medal-winning show of India in the Birmingham edition of the friendly games.
She is also a double Asian Games medallist while also boasting a flurry of medals at the Asian Championships.
She belongs to the fabled Phogat dynasty which has made the nation proud with its contribution to Indian sport and wrestling.
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