Four amazing women, trained in the art of ‘kushti’ fly the flag for India across the world in freestyle wrestling. Meet the Phogat Sisters – an inspiration to a billion Indians and their father – Mahavir Phogat.
1. Geeta Phogat
In the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Geeta Phogat – eldest among all sisters, won India its first gold medal in wrestling. She is known for her resilient style and her positive attitude.
2. Babita Phogat
Babita Kumari, as she is lovingly known is a woman who has shattered stereotypes along with her sisters. Winner of gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she brought home yet another medal this year – silver in the women’s 53kg freestyle wrestling category. Babita and Geeta set a high standard for the other ladies of the Phogat family.
3. Vinesh Phogat
At merely 23 years of age, Vinesh Phogat is already a gold medal winner at the Commonwealth Games 2018. She first won gold in the 48kg freestyle wrestling category in 2014 in Glasgow and followed it up with yet another gold in the 50kg category for freestyle wrestling in 2018 in the Gold Coast.
4. Ritu Phogat
Born in 1994, Ritu Phogat is an extraordinary protégé and a brilliant wrestler. The highlight of her fledgling career so far has been winning gold at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in Singapore.