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Sangeeta Phogat Biography: The Youngest Phogat Sister & A Rising Star

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Sangita Phogat (Sangeeta Phogat) is an Indian wrestler who belongs to the famed wrestling family, ‘the Phogats’. She competes in the freestyle category. Sangeeta has represented India in numerous national and international competitions, and has won several medals for her country. She is a silver medalist at the National Championships.

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Sangita Phogat (Credit Instagram)

About Sangeeta Phogat

Name Sangeeta (Sangita) Phogat
Date of Birth February 14, 1995
Place of Birth Balali, Haryana
Family Phogat family
Wrestling Style Freestyle
Coaches Mahavir Singh Phogat, Kuldeep Malik
Major Achievements Bronze medal at 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gold medal at 2017 National Wrestling Championships, Silver medal at 2013 Junior Asian Championships
Awards and Honours Arjuna Award (2021)

Phogat Sisters

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When one hears the name, Wrestling is the word that instantly strikes the mind. And why not? After the 2016 blockbuster by the name Dangal, the term ‘Phogat’ and more precisely, ‘Phogat Sisters’ has become a household name.

A famous line from another of the blockbusters, Spider-man, goes like this, “With power comes great responsibility.” But for one of the youngest ‘Phogats’, it’s a great name (and legacy) that brings great responsibility. This is Sangita Phogat, the youngest daughter of the wrestling bastion Mahavir Phogat.

For the better part of her life, Sangita (or Sangeeta) Phogat lived in the silhouette of her glorious siblings. Given that she is the youngest, she not only has big expectations but having high-achieving sisters does lead to inevitable comparisons. Three of her eldest sisters are Olympians and World Champions.

Unfortunately, Sangita Phogat is not one of them, yet. At 23, she entered this sport. Silver at the 2017 national games is the best she has to show for the time being.

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But that’s not to say she is the least talented. It could be just the opposite of that. She has started showing signs of brilliance and fighting spirit that was so much a trademark of Geeta Phogat, her eldest sister.

A Star in Making

For starters, take one of the Pro Wrestling League matches when Sangita Phogat was representing Delhi Sultans. She was facing a much senior Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of UP Dangal. More importantly, apart from she had tons of additional experience, she was a reigning world champion. Vanesa was also an Olympian, having represented her country at the 2012 London Olympics. However, none of that mattered.

Sangita played one of her best matches in the contest, defeating the 25-year-old Belarusian wrestler by 7-4.

Sangita Phogat started the first round by conceding a 0-4 advantage to her opponent. However, from then on, Sangita held her composure. She was cautious while defending and ferocious in the attack. As a result, she went on to scalp all 7 points on the trot to win the match.

Among those points, the point from a slick leg-sweep takedown was the highlight of Sangita’s exuberant play.

Such was the impact of her win that praises were showered immediately after the match, most notably from the women she looks up to – Geeta and Vinesh.

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Sangita Phogat and Geeta Phogat after the PWL match (Credit Instagram)

Despite the two being a part of Vanesa’s team UP Dangals, Vinesh expressed her confusion, as they did not know whom to follow, their teammate or their younger sister. Sangita too expressed her happiness in defeating a world champion. She also added that the victory would ‘motivate me to do well at the Asian Games.’

Vinesh Phogat celebrates after winning the gold medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth GamesAlso Read: Vinesh Phogat: Biography of India’s Golden Wrestling Girl

Phogat Family

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Sangita Phogat was born to the wrestling maestro and Dronacharya awardee, Mahavir Singh Phogat and Daya Shobha Kaur on 5th March 1998 in Balali, Haryana. She has 4 siblings, 3 elder sisters (Geeta, Babita, and Ritu) and a younger brother named Dushyant. Sangita also has two cousin sisters from her uncle, Vinesh Phogat and Priyanka Phogat.

Mahavir Phogat, a senior Olympic coach, trains all six Phogats in their hometown in the Bhiwani district.

Geeta Phogat is India’s first wrestling gold medalist in the Commonwealth Games. Vinesh, her cousin, too won gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Babita Phogat also won gold medals at these events, in the 55 kg category. Priyanka Phogat won a silver at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Bangkok in 2016. Vinesh Phogat also won bronze at the World Wrestling Championship 2022 in the women’s 53kg category.

Last but not least, Ritu Kumari Phogat is an Indian mixed martial artist currently signed to ONE Championship. She also won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. All 6 sisters are popularly known as the ‘Phogat Sisters’.

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Sangeeta Phogat And Bajrang Punia 

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Sangeeta Phogat tied the knot with wrestler Bajrang Punia on November 25, 2020.
At their wedding, the newlyweds took eight ‘pheras’. The eight ‘phera’ was dedicated to the girl child as they vowed for the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’—a government campaign. Her sisters, Geeta and Babita, also took eight ‘pheras’ during their wedding and the same tradition was followed at Sangeeta’s wedding.

Sangeeta Phogat: Facts

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  • Sangeeta loves traveling and also loves doing yoga.
  • Sangeeta and her sisters were expelled from Lucknow National Camp due to their unexplained absence in May 2018.
  • Her father Mahavir Phogat was very happy with her daughter’s decision to marry Bajrang Punia.
  • Her favorite actor and actress are Amir Khan and Deepika Padukone respectively.

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Who is youngest in Phogat sisters?

Sangeeta Phogat is the youngest Phogat sister and is a wrestler who has represented India in many events. She is married to Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Bajrang Punia.

What weight category does Sangeeta Phogat compete in?

Sangeeta Phogat usually competes in the 59 kg weight category for freestyle wrestling.

Who is the most successful Phogat sister?

Geeta, Babita, and Vinesh clinched gold in different weight categories at the Commonwealth Games, while Priyanka won a silver medal at the Asian Championships. Ritu is a National Championships gold medalist and also won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. Sangita has won medals at age-level international championships.

Is Dangal a true story?

Aamir Khan’s Dangal is based on the real-life story of Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who worked hard and trained his daughters to become world-class wrestlers.

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Monish Gadiya is the Head of Content at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to all the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in Civil Engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.



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