Geeta Phogat born on 15 December 1988, is a freestyle wrestler who won India's first ever gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. She is also the first Indian female wrestler to have qualified for the Olympic Summer Games.
She comes from Balali village in Bhiwani district, Haryana. Her father Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler himself and a Dronacharya Award recipient, is also her coach. She is married to the fellow wrestler Pawan Kumar.
Phogat won the Gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship held in Jalandhar, Punjab. She won India’s first ever gold medal in women’s wrestling at
the Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi, beating Emily Bensted from Australia in the gold medal match with a score of 1-0, 7-0.
Phogat won a gold medal in the Wrestling FILA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament that concluded at Almaty, Kazakhstan in April 2012. In the 2012 World Wrestling Championships held in Canada, Phogat won the bronze medal.
In the 2012 Asian Wrestling Championships, Phogat won the bronze medal in the 55 kg category, beating Sumiya Erdenechimeg from Mongolia 3:1. At the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha, Phogat finished third, winning the bronze medal in the freestyle 58 kg category.
She has been conferred with the Arjuna Award for outstanding achievement in National sports in 2012. Aamir Khan's film Dangal is loosely based on her and her sister's lives. She was also seen in Reality Show ‘Fear Factor-Khatron Ke Khiladi (Season 8)’ last year.