Happy Birthday Geeta Phogat: Lesser-Known Things to Know About India’s 1st CWG Gold-Medallist Wrestler
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Geeta Phogat celebrates her birthday on Sunday, (December 15). The star Indian wrestler turns 31 years old. Geeta Phogat is India's first wrestler to win a gold medal in Commonwealth games. She won it during CWG 2010 in Delhi. Her achievements in the sport of wrestling were highlighted in Aamir Khan's starer film Dangal, which was released in December 2016. Geeta Phogat, with the support of her father and coach Mahavir Singh Phogat, has brought multiple laurels for the country in the sport of wrestling. As the Indian wrestler Geeta Phogat celebrates her birthday on Sunday (December 15), here we will look at five lesser-known things to know about her. Along with lesser-known things, we will also take note of Geeta Phogat's achievements in wrestling so far. Commonwealth Games 2018: Geeta Phogat Expresses Dismay as Parents Denied Tickets For Sister Babita Phogat's Bout.

Geeta Phogat has won 8 medals in wrestling so far. She mostly plays in the 55 kg category. Other than wrestling, she has also been part of television shows like Fear Factor and Nach Baliye. While she was a contestant in Fear Factor in 2017, she made a  guest appearance in the dance reality show Nach Baliye in 2019. Below are five lesser-known things to know about Geeta Phogat. Vinesh is One of India's Finest Female Wrestlers, Says Geeta Phogat. 

 

1. Geeta Phogat is India's first female wrestler to qualify for the Olympic Games. She participated in the Summer Olympics 2012.

2. She was born in Haryana's Charkhi Dadri district, which is one of the 22 districts part of Indian State of Haryana.

3. Her father Mahavir Singh Phogat is a former wrestler and a Dronacharya Award recipient.

4. Geeta has three younger sisters- Babita, Ritu and Sangita. All four sisters are wrestlers.

5. Geeta married wrestler Pawan Kumar in November 2016. Pawan Kumar has won gold medals in Commonwealth Championships 2011 and 2013.

Below are Geeta Phogat’s top achievements in wrestling so far.

  •  Commonwealth Championships 2009 in India: She won a gold medal in 55 kg women's freestyle.
  • Commonwealth Games 2010 in India: She won a gold medal in women's 55 kg wrestling event.
  • Commonwealth Championships 2011 in Australia: She won a gold medal in 55 kg category.
  • World Championships 2012 in Canada: Geeta Phogat won a bronze medal in women's 55 kg wrestling event.
  • Asian Championships 2012 in South Korea: She won a bronze medal, again in 55 kg category.
  • Commonwealth Championships 2013 in South Africa: She won a silver medal in 59 kg in freestyle wrestling.
  • Asian Championships 2015 in Qatar: Geeta won a bronze medal, this time in 58 kg category.
  • She also participated in the London Olympics 2012.

Geeta Phogat has brought many laurels for India at the global stage in wrestling. Her father Mahavir Singh Phogat made a lot of efforts behind her wrestling career. He himself trained her during childhood and younger days. Phogat sisters are almost considered as the pioneers of women's wrestling in India. Happy birthday Geeta Phogat and live a long life.