FINALLY! Sakshi Malik Wins Bronze to Claim India’s First Medal of Rio Olympic 2016

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Sakshi Malik

In a thrilling contest against Aisuluu Tynybekova, India’s Sakshi Malik has managed to win the first medal for the country at Rio Olympic 2016 on Day 12. The Haryanvi girl from Rohtak came back brilliantly in the 58kg wrestling bronze medal bout after conceding a five-point lead to Aisuluu Tynybekova. With few seconds left on the clock, Sakshi Malik made it 8-5 to emerge victoriously and to make India’s dull Olympic run a bit colorful. Three out of her four bouts The 23-year-old wrestler came back from behind to seal the win and to produce some great moves to grab important points.


Tynybekova took the lead by 0-5 in the first period of the bout by her brilliant leg-grab, and she kept repeating it to make Sakshi Malik uncomfortable. However, the Haryanvi wrestler opened her account in the second period of the bronze medal bout by pushing Tynybekova out of the mat and reduced the deficit to just one point from five. Well, there was only a few seconds left and Sakshi has managed to pull a three points move to make it 8-5 from 5-5 and erupted in joy by winning the first medal for India at Rio Olympic 2016.

Who is Sakshi Malik?

Height: 1.62 meters

Weight: 64 kg

The 23-year-old Olympic medalist started her training at the age of 12, since then she had to face several obstacles to make history at Rio Olympic 2016. Sakshi Malik was trained by Ishwar Dahiya in the Chotu Ram Stadium at an an akhara. She also fought boys in order to develop her skills as where Sakshi is from in India Wrestling is not considered as a sport ‘for girls.’

However, Sakshi Malik was born on September 3, 1992, and luckily her supportive parents encouraged her in this unusual career choice, and now she knows the price of success and has the answer to how dedication pays off.

Sakshi Malik’s Path to Rio Olympic 2016

In 2010, Sakshi Malik won the bronze medal in Junior World Championships in the 59-kg category and in 2014 she gained some attention internationally by winning Gold Medal at Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament 60 kg category.

In 2014, she also won silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and that is when her international wrestling career caught the luminosity. Sakshi Malik also won the bronze in  Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha in 2015 and in Spanish Grand Prix in 2016.

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