Asian Games Medal Aspirations Weighing Heavy on Wrestler Vinesh Phogat

Vinesh Phogat surprised many when she wrestled her way to a Commonwealth Games gold medal recently. She says the expectations of an Asian Games medal have risen significantly.

updated: September 15, 2014 17:59 IST
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India's Vinesh Phogat, right, wrestles with Yana Rattigan of England during CWG 2014

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New Delhi: Her gold medal-winning performance at the recently concluded Glasgow Commonwealth Games has imposed an immense burden of expectations upon India's woman wrestler Vinesh Phogat for her to win a medal at the forthcoming Asian Games.

The 20-year-old from Balali, Haryana, surprised wrestling aficionados by winning the gold in Glasgow, beating England's Yana Rattigan in the 48 kg freestyle final.

Now, everyone -- from her coach to family and friends -- expects her to win a medal at the Asian Games to be held in the South Korean city of Incheon from Sep 19 to Oct 4.

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