Vinesh Phogat suffered an intense knee injury two years back, which paved her way out of the Rio games, 2016 by cutting her campaign short. What followed later is no less than an inspiring story, which can be a huge hit if made into a flick.
Vinesh Phogat, who became the first Indian woman wrestler to have stricken a gold medal at the Asian games, wrestled her way through major injuries to reach this milestone. She suffered an intense knee injury two years back, which paved her way out of the Rio games, 2016 by cutting her campaign short. What followed later is no less than an inspiring story, which can be a huge hit if made into a flick.
She used the missed opportunity to bounce back to her shape after she went through a rigorous rehabilitation. She is known for her mental strength. It comes naturally to her, she often says.
"I had targeted gold. I had 3-4 silver at the Asia level. So I was determined to win a gold today. My body responded well. I had trained well and God was also kind to me. Everything fell in place for me today, said an emotional Vinesh with tearful eyes after winning the hefty 50 kg gold at the 18th edition of the Asian games.
She further added, "Injuries are part of an athlete's career. It is difficult both emotionally and physically. But I shrugged off everything to deliver some good medals recently. Someone has said an athlete becomes strong after injury and I feel I indeed have become stronger than before."
Vinesh had to face China's Yanan Sun, who defeated her in the Rio's Olympics round. Vinesh always felt that she was stronger than this China's champion and she nailed it when life gifted her a chance.
"There was pressure but it was to prove that I am actually stronger than her. I wanted to prove this today because I lost thrice to her before. And I have done this today," she said.
Wrestler Sushil Kumar is believed to have a positive impact on her. "I listen to Sushil ji a lot. Whatever he suggests, I take note. In 2014, when I won bronze in Incheon, he told me not to worry, whatever happens, happens for good. This is something I always kept in mind.”
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