Geeta Phogat is a female wrestler from India who won India’s first ever gold medal in women’s wrestling in the 55 kg freestyle category at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She is also the first-ever Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for the Olympics
Personal life and family
She comes from a Hindu Jat family of Balali village in Bhiwani district, Haryana. Her father Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler himself, is also her coach.
Her sister Babita Kumari and her cousin Vinesh Phogat are also Commonwealth Games gold medallist
2009 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship
Geeta won the Gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship held in Jalandhar, Punjab between December 19 and 21, 2009.
2010 Commonwealth Games
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.
Phogat won a gold medal in the Wrestling FILA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament that concluded at Almaty, Kazakhstan in April 2012. 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.
Geeta was beaten in her opening fight by Canadian Tonya Verbeek Geeta 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.
2012 World Wrestling Championships
In the tournament held in Canada, Geeta won the bronze medal under the guidance of women chief coach O. P. Yadav of NIS Patiala.
In the first round, Geeta faced Maria Gurova of Russia, beating her 3:1. The second round brought a 5:0 loss for Geeta against Saori Yoshida of Japan. With the Japanese grappler making the finals, Geeta 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
2012 Asian Wrestling Championships
In the first round, Geeta lost to her Japanese opponent Kanako Murata in a 5:0 scoreline. With the Japanese grappler entering the finals, Geeta 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
At the tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Geeta 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
At the 2015 Asian Championships in Doha, Geeta finished third winning the bronze medal in the freestyle 58 kg category along with Aiym Abdildina of Kazakhstan.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, Geeta 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.
Aamir Khan’s film Dangal is based on her and her sister’s lives Her role in the movie is played by Fatima Sana Shaikh and younger self is played by Zaira Wasim.
Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2013 – Silver
Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2014 – Bronze