India's Vinesh Phogat clinched gold at the Asian Games after defeating Japan's Yuki Eri in the final of the 50kg freestyle event. Phoghat also becomes the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal in the history of the Asian Games.
After settling for bronze in the previous edition of the Asian Games, Phoghat performed brilliantly en route to the finals as he was determined to change the color of the metal. The wrestler got the better of her Japanese opponent 6-2 to add to India's gold medal tally of two at the Asian Games.
Vinesh Phoghat, started on a cautious note, but slowly grew as the game progressed. Her tactic paid off brilliantly as she took an early 4-0 lead in the first round. In the second round, Vineesh looked to her defend her lead as Yuki Eri could only manage to scrape one point.
Vinesh Phoghat's run to the finals has been nothing short of remarkable. The Indian wrestler avenged her revenge over China's Yanan Sun, against whom she had suffered a heart-breaking leg injury during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
This time out Vinesh stamped her authority as she brushed aside the Chinese wrestler 8-2 to storm into the quarterfinals. In her next bout, she swept aside Korea's Hyungjoo Kim on technical superiority. Vinesh carried her dominance into the semifinals as she outclassed her Uzbek rival Yakshimuratova 10-0 in just 75 seconds.
India's Pooja Dhanda and Sakshi Malik will also be in contention for bronze medals after they were unsuccessful in their respective semifinals bout.
India had opened their medal-tally account in the Asian Games 2018, with rifler's Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar winning Bronze in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team Final event. The duo scored 429.9 in the finale, meaning they finished third and earned their country a medal on the opening day of the event.
Day two for the Indian contingent proved to be fairly successful, with Deepak Kumar and Lakshay Sheoran claiming silver at the Men's trap shooting event, taking India's medal tally to two gold Gold, two Silver and one Bronze medal in the Asian Games 2018.