India’s long wait for a Olympic Medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games finally came to an end with Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik winning the bronze medal in Women’s 58kg Freestyle Wrestling event.
Sakshi Malik defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan 8-5 in the bronze medal match to become the first Indian female wrestler to have ever won an Olympic medal.
Sakshi Malik also became the fourth Indian female to ever win an Olympic medal.
In a thrilling contest, Sakshi Malik was down 0-5 but then made a superb comeback to win the bout 8-5 with a three point move in last few seconds of the match.
Earlier, Sakshi Malik reached the Repechage rounds of the event and made most of the second life as she outplayed Mongolian wrestler Orkhon in the Rd 2 contest 12-3 to advance to the bronze-medal match.
Earlier in the day, Sakshi Malik had lost her quaterfinal match against Valeria Koblova 9-2 but got another chance at a medal throught the Repechage rounds as her quarterfinal opponent Valeria Koblova reached the gold medal match.
The gold medal in the event was won by Kaori Icho of Japan who defeated Russia’s Valeria Koblova in the gold medal bout 3 – 2.
Russia’s Valeria Koblova had to settle for a silver medal.
This is fourth straight Olympic gold medal won by Japan’s Kaori Icho, a feat that no female wrestler has ever achieved, not just in wrestling but in any individual Olympic sports event.
In photo above you can see Indian Wrestler Sakshi Malik holding her bronze medal during medals presentation ceremony on winners podium.
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Sakshi Malik Profile / Bio :
Born on 3rd September 1992, Sakshi Malik is an Indian wrestler who competes in the 58 kg category of Freestyle Wrestling.
She became the first Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal after winning Bronze medal on August 18, 2016.
She had previously won silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha.