Sakshi Malik clinches bronze medal in women’s wrestling 58kg category in women’s 58kg freestyle.
Sakshi defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in the bronze-medal play-off to become first female wrestler from India to win an Olympic medal. Sakshi’s victory brought cheers to the Indian contingent that had endured agonising 11 days without a medal.
The run-up to Rio
2010: By the age of 18, she had won a Bronze at the 2010 Junior World Championships in the 59-kg category.
2014: She first came to the international limelight after taking home the Gold at the Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament (60-kg).
July-August 2014: Her professional international career began with a silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
September 2014: She crashed out in the Quarterfinal at the World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent. But not before beating her Senegalese opponent 4-1 in the Round of 16.
May 2015: Then on to the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha, where she won the Bronze.
July 2016: She won 60-kg Bronze at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Sakshi Malik 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 in the world. Overall, Sakshi has won India’s fifth wrestling medal in the Olympic Games. It is India’s 25th medal in Olympic Games.