Sakshi Malik, on the 12th day of the Rio Olympics 2016 defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan to win the Bronze medal in the in the 58kg category wrestling.
Sakshi Malik, on the 12th day of the Rio Olympics 2016 defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan to win the Bronze medal in the in the 58kg category wrestling. Sakshi also opened India’s medal account after the nation had seen a disappointing performance through the course of Olympics. The Indian juggernaut came from trailing 0-5 in the first round to taking an unassailable lead of 8-5 to clinch the medal. This was Sakshi’s story throughout the day, as she fought 5 heavily bruising battles. It was the fifth bronze in wrestling for India in its long Olympic history stretching back to 1952 Helsinki Games when Kashaba Jadhav became its first individual medallist.
After days of criticism following Shobha Dey’s tweet and close encounters that ended up being against India, Sakshi’s victory comes a welcome sight. Sakshi had lost her quarterfinal bout but got an opening when her Russian conqueror reached the final, allowing the Indian to compete in the repechage round. Congratulations poured in from all over the country as common people and sportspersons alike went on twitter to express their happiness and pride in the achievement of the wrestler.
Congratulations snd felicitations to sakshi malik. What a great performance. Thank you for lifting the spirits of every Indian .
— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 18, 2016
— Mary Kom (@MangteC) August 17, 2016
#SakshiMalik is a reminder of what cn happn if u don’t kill a girl child.When d going gets tough,its our girls who get going &save our pride
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 18, 2016
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 18, 2016
Bow down to #SakshiMalik ‘s mother as well,who encouraged her 2 pursue wrestling.Tdy a country of1.25bn is rejoicing
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 18, 2016
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 18, 2016
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 17, 2016
Wowwwwww amazing amazinggggg #SakshiMalik
Take a bow ????
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 17, 2016
Great comeback by Sakshi Malik 2 win our 1st medal in Rio.determination and self belief r the key for a performance like this.congratulation
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) August 18, 2016
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 17, 2016
Sakshi has been an underdog throughout the course of the mega event and she was an underdog even on the day she won the medal.
WATCH: Rio Olympics: Wrestler Sakshi Malik wins bronze for India
She came back from trailing in all her matches to win with a flourish in the end. Her victory was a sweet achievement after Vinesh Phogat had to be carried out of the ring due to a ligament tear, earlier in the day. Sakshi’s return to the country is well awaited and surely celebrations are to follow.