Updated: Sep 5, 2020
The story of Geeta Phogat is the story of a dream. It is a dream that a father has seen for her daughter and his hard work and struggles along with her daughter to complete that dream. The dream of giving India International gold medal in wrestling.
Geeta Phogat was born on 15th December 1988 in Bilali village, Haryana. Her father Mahavir Singh Phogat was a former wrestler and he was also her coach. Later he was also awarded Dronacharya Award.
Geeta joined wrestling at an early age and due to the conservative mindset of the Indian people, her father was criticized a lot. But he never listened to others to give up his dream. He trained her daughter in the best way possible even if it goes through fighting with boys.
Geeta was so strongly built by Mahavir Singh that she dominated the Sub Junior, junior, and senior championships as soon as she stepped on the mat. But as her father dreamt of International medal, these national leagues are just stepping stones for her on the path to success. Her first International Gold Medal came in the form of a Gold Medal at the 2009 Jalandhar Commonwealth Championship.
In 2010 at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, she recorded her name in the books of history by becoming the first-ever female wrestler to win a Commonwealth Gold Medal.
Geeta Phogat with Commonwealth Gold Medal
Following her medal streak at the International Championships, she won a Gold Medal at the 2011 Melbourne Commonwealth Championship. In 2012 she won Bronze Medal at the Strathcona County World Championship and Asian Championship at Gumi.
In the same year she also won Gold Medal at the FILA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament and qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, by doing so she became the first female wrestler to qualify for the Olympic Games.
Even though she lost her very first fight at the Olympics, she never gave up. In 2013, she won Silver Medal at the Johannesburg Commonwealth Championship, following this she also won Bronze Medal at the 2015 Doha Asian Championships. She was also a recipient of the Arjuna Award by the Indian government and Geeta is the face behind the popularity of women’s wrestling in India.
Her sister Babita Kumari and her cousin Vinesh Phogat are also commonwealth Gold Medalists and her younger sister Ritu Phogat is also International Gold Medalist. Phogat sisters are really the pride of India and they truly showed that nothing is bigger if you are determined enough to achieve it.
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