In the 2016 Olympic Games for India, Sakshi Malik did a wonderful job by winning the bronze medal, which no one had been able to do before him.
Sakshi Malik won a medal in the repechage round at the Rio Olympics
India had won only two medals in the Rio Olympic Games. The country got its first medal in wrestling. India’s wrestler Sakshi Malik won the bronze medal for the country by winning the repechage round. She became the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal in wrestling for the country. There was an atmosphere of celebration in the country at that time due to his historic success.
Apart from the bronze medal in the Rio Olympics in 2016, Sakshi Malik had achieved many other important successes in her career. Sakshi Malik won the silver medal for the country in the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow. Apart from this, he had to be satisfied with the bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast in 2018. At the same time, he got the bronze medal in the 60 kg weight category in the Asian Championship 2015 Doha.
Got a chance to go to Rio Olympics due to Geeta’s withdrawal
India’s first strong contender in 58kg was Geeta Phogat. In the first Olympic Qualifier held in Mongolia, Geeta Phogat withdrew from the repechage round after which she was suspended by the WFI. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) gave Sakshi Malik a chance in her VAT category. She qualified for her first Olympics in 58kg by defeating Zhang Lan of China in the semi-finals.
The success of Sakshi’s Olympic medal was not easy. For this medal, he had to compete on the mat four times within 6 hours. Sakshi had to face defeat against the Russian wrestler in the quarter-finals. It seemed his medal hopes were over but the Russian wrestler made it to the finals. Due to this Sakshi got a chance to participate in the repechage round.
last match was exciting
In the repechage round, Sakshi was trailing 0-5 against Aysulu T. of Kyrgyzstan. Sakshi leveled the score at 5-5, showing a strong game in a few minutes before the end of the match. After this, in the last 9 seconds, Sakshi got two important points while defeating the opponent and won the match 8-5 and immortalized her name in the Olympic history of India. Talking about her match, Sakshi said, ‘I knew 0-5 was not good for me but I had a lot of time, so I was sure of a comeback. I made a comeback in the earlier matches as well. My coach Kuldeep sir told me time and again that I should play my game and then I played attacking wrestling and managed to win.
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