23-year-old Sakshi Malik from Haryana, ended India's medal drought as she stood on the medal rostrum of Rio Olympics, after winning the bronze medal.
23-year-old Sakshi Malik from Haryana, ended India’s medal drought as she stood on the medal rostrum of Rio Olympics, after winning the bronze medal. She made a spectacular comeback from 5-0 to win with 8-5 win over Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova. The medal is only the fifth time in Olympic history that and Indian a player has won bronze in wrestling. Sakshi’s mother, Sudesh Malik is one of the happiest people in India today. She said, “India’s daughter has stopped India’s medal drought. So proud of her.”
On day 12 of Rio Olympics 2016, Sakshi made every Indian proud by the dramatic bronze winning effort, even more so, her parents. It is a festive mood at their residence. It was all jubiliant and people came to wish her parents after they saw Sakshi stand on the podium. There was music and fireworks all around. Sakshi’s mother, Sudesh Malik was extremly relieved after her daughter won and said that Sakshi was not tired at all. “I asked her if she was tired, she said nobody feels tired after winning a medal for country,” she said.
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Sakshi’s father Sukhbir Malik was at a loss of words due to happiness. “Kya keh sakta hun (What can I say), I literally have no words to express my feelings,” he said. “She has won the first medal for the country, I got tears in my eyes. A big day for all of us,” he added. “Isse bada tofah (gift) shayad hi koi behen apne bhai ko de. (What better gift can a sister gift her brother),” Sakshi’s brother Sachin Malik said.