Sakshi Malik did it for the nation, she got India their first medal at Rio when she won her 58kg freestyle bout against A Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan. The bronze medal came after she was earlier eliminated in the quarters. It was a thrilling contest as Sakshi fought her way back from 0-5, but she didn’t lose hope to and at last won the bout 8-5 in her favour. With seconds left on the clock, she produced a three-point move to seal the bout and India’s first medal at Rio 2016 Olympics.
“I was all along confident. I always felt I would win. I did not back down and kept pushing. This is historic for Indian women wrestlers,” said the elated 23-year-old after the win. “This is the result of over ten years of hard work. I feel proud and special that I could get this medal for India.”
Sakshi Malik (born 3 September 1992) is an Indian wrestler who competes in the 58 kg category. At the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio, she won the bronze medal in the same category, becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics. She had previously won silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha.
Sakshi At Rio Oylmpics
Malik qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics by defeating China’s Zhang Lan in the semifinal of the 58kg category in the Olympic World qualifying tournament in May 2016. At the Olympics, she won her Round of 32 bout against Sweden’s Johanna Mattsson and Round of 16 bout against Moldova’s Mariana Cherdivara. After losing to eventual finalist Valeria Koblova of Russia in the quarterfinal, she qualified for the repechage round where she defeated Pürevdorjiin Orkhon of Mongolia in her first repechage bout. She won the bronze medal after a 8–5 victory over the reigning Asian champion Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the repechage medal playoff, and became India’s first female wrestler and the fourth female athlete ever to win an Olympic medal. Malik was down 0-5 against Tynybekova before coming back in thrilling fashion and turning the game to win the first medal for India at the Rio Olympics.