Sakshi Malik, Indian Wrestler won Bronze Medal in Women’s 58-Kilogram Freestyle at Rio Olympics after she beat Aisuluu Tynybekova of of Kyrgyzstan 8-5 in the bronze medal bout. In a thrilling contest, Sakshi fought back from 0-5 down to seal 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.
She is the first Indian woman to win an Olympic wrestling medal. Sakshi Malik is only fourth Indian woman athlete to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleswari, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal. She had previously won silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha.
Born on September 3, 1992, in Rohtak, Haryana, Sakshi Malik began her training in wrestling as a 12-year-old under the guidance of Ishwar Dahiya at an akhara in the Chotu Ram stadium in a region where the sport was ‘not for girls’.
Sakshi You Made India Proud!