Wrestler Sakshi Malik Creates History Wins India's First Medal
- Gayathri Mathivanan
- August 18, 2016, 5:11 AM
Sakshi Malik has delivered India its first medal of the 2016 Rio Games, sending a nation into ecstasy. After a gritty performance at the 58kg women's wrestling category she won bronze.
Sakshi scripted history by becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal and only fourth female athlete from the country to climb to the podium at the biggest sporting event.
"Meri 12 saal ki tapasya rang layi. Geeta didi, my senior had qualified for the first time in London," Sakshi said, with tears of joy in her eyes.
"I never thought I would become the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal in wrestling. I hope the remaining wrestlers will also do well," Sakshi said.
Sakshi, 23-year-old from Haryana, a silver medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and bronze winner at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, earned 8-5 win over Kyrgysztan's Aisuluu Tynybekova in the bronze medal play-off.
Weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London) and shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) were the only other women players from India to have won a medal in Olympics.
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