Sakhi Malik created history by becoming the first female wrestler from the country to win a medal at Olympics when she won the bronze medal in the 58kg category to end India’s long wait for a medal in the ongoing Rio Games.
The 23-year-old wrestler from Rohtak was trailing 0-5 in the bronze medal bout against Kyrgyzstans Aisuluu Tynybekova till the last minute. But she scripted a terrific comeback in the dying seconds to win the bout 8-5 and put India in the medal’s tally. Her fighting spirit in the adverse conditions made it more memorable for the 1 billion people back in the country eagerly waiting for the first medal. Earlier, Sakshi crashed out of the gold medal contention losing in the quarterfinals to Valeria 2-9 in a lopsided bout. But Valeria entered the final and provided Sakshi a chance to fight for the medal in the repechage category. She grabbed the chance with both hands defeating Mongolia’s Okhon Purevdori 12-3 to enter the medal round.