Who is Sakshi Malik and why is her win so special?

Clyde Nash
August 19, 2016

In fact, one of my first wrestling events was the senior nationals where I saw her.

Geeta was a sure-shot selection in the women's the 58-kg freestyle category for major competitions in the last few years, and all Sakshi could do was to wait in the wings hoping for that 'opportunity to prove her worth.

Haryana government announced a reward of Rs 2.5 crore and a government job for the athlete, while the Railways said it would present her a reward of Rs 50 lakh.

The 23-year-old became the first woman from India to grasp a medal at the Rio Olympics 2016 in Brazil. She had promised me that she will get a medal for the country.

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"Witnessed Thrilling Match of #wrestling in which Sakshi overcame 5-0 deficit in First Half to win the bout 8-5 in the end", he added.

With lot of hard works and dedication, she made her country feel proud about her!

"Congratulations to Sakshi Malik!.Wins First #Olympics #Bronze Medal for #IND", Goel tweeted.

Aisuluu Tynybekova was dominating the game in the early stages of her Women's 58kg Freestyle bronze medal final, as her leg-grab move led the score to be 5-0. As Sakhi's victory has really made our Indians proud and her win makes a worth in the Rio Olympics 2016.

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Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and other leaders from the State also congratulated Sakshi for her achievement. And, it came on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan - a gift for her countrymen, who were desperately waiting for a podium finish by an Indian at Rio Olympics. The unassuming young wrestler broke the duck, winning a bronze medal by beating Kyrgyztan's Aisuluu Tynybekova. Her father Mr Sudesh supported her and encouraged her in her unusual career choice also the whole India gives a warm thank to her father.

Hailing from Rohtak in Haryana, a state with one of the lowest gender ratios (with just 877 women for every 1,000 men), Sakshi's tale is one of grit and perseverance. "She was a strong, fast, girl with lots of energy, flawless for wrestling". It's a success of my 12 years of dedication.

She was not only barred from taking part in the second and final Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Istanbul in May but also served a show cause notice. We are proud of her and can't express our happiness in words.

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