Wrestler Sakshi Malik wins India’s first medal in Rio Olympics

sakshimalikindia-mAt last, after a long wait by NRIs all over the world, Indian female wrestler Sakshi Malik has won India’s first medal, a bronze, at the Rio Olympics 2016.

Like 3 of the 4 other bouts earlier in the day, Sakshi won the crucial bout after coming from behind. She had in fact lost 2-9 in the quarter-finals to Russia’s Valeria Koblova in the fifth bout of the day before getting a second chance in repechage when her conqueror reached the final.

Sakshi turned the tables on the Kyrgyzstan wrestler in the last seconds of the bout as Tynybekov a was in compete command in most of the clash.

Sakshi was able to open the scoring only in the second period and got two points after throwing her rival down and out on the mat. She then earned two points again with a similar move.

As Sakshi reached the quarterfinals she needed to fight only one repechage round compared to the other two opponents of the Russian girl whom she had beaten in the earlier two rounds.

Sakshi then made a strong comeback from 0-4 down to defeat Sweden’s Malin Johanna Mattson in the qualification round. In the pre-quarters she again eked out a win over Mariana Cherdivara Esanu of Republic of Moldova. With just 19 seconds on the clock, the Indian was declared winner on a bigger points gain.

Sakshi’s victory brought cheers to the Indian contingent that had endured 11 agonizing days without a medal.