Sakshi Malik clinches bronze medal in women’s wrestling 58kg category, opens India’s account at Rio 2016 Olympics. She beats Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan 8-5 in the women's wrestling 58kg bronze medal match. The Indian wrestler from Haryana became the fourth Indian woman to produce a medal for the country and end the drought at the Rio 2016 Olympics on the 12th Day.
In a thrilling contest, the 23-year-old wrestler 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.
Earlier, Malik reached the Repechage rounds of the women’s freestyle 58kg event and made most of the second life as she outplayed Mongolian wrestler Orkhon in the Round 2 contest 12-3 to advance to the bronze-medal match.
“Sakshi Malik creates history! Congratulations to her for the Bronze. The entire nation is rejoicing”, tweeted the Indian PM. In another tweet, Modi said, “On this very auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, Sakshi Malik, a daughter of India, wins a Bronze & makes all of us very proud”.
The Haryana girl from Mokhra village began her training in wrestling as a 12-year-old under the guidance of Ishwar Dahiya at an akhara in the Chotu Ram stadium.