Sakshi Malik wins bronze medal in wrestling 58kg category in what’s a real proud moment for the country. And to all the critics out there, it’s a woman who led the country to break India’s Olympic drought in medals.
#SakshiMalik gets the FIRST medal for #Ind at #Rio2016
She won #Bronze pic.twitter.com/laWQv6aZia
— ALL INDIA RADIO (@AkashvaniAIR) August 18, 2016
Hope this paves the way for better infra & support for non-cricket sports in India. Thank you #SakshiMalik
And for all the male chauvinists in India, think again. It was a woman who made India look good with its first medal! #SakshiMalik
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) August 18, 2016
Sakshi Malika is not new to medals. The champion lady has been a winner all the way.
Before the bronze at Rio, her biggest accomplishment was at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland where she won the silver medal in the 58kg category.
She also picked a bronze at the 2015 Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in the 60kg in Doha nine months later.
WHAT’S SAKSHI STORY?
Malik was born on September 3, 1992 in the Mokhra village of Rohtak district in Haryana. Her father Sukhbir Malik holds a job with the Delhi Transport Corporation while her mother Sudesh is a government employee.
Malik got interested in wrestling when she was 12, and she began her journey in the sport when she joined her current coach Ishwar Dahiya’s akhara at the Chotu Ram stadium in 2004.
She started honing her skills by training with boys initially at 12.
Hearty Congratulations to #SakshiMalik, tweets President Pranab Mukherjee #Rio2016 https://t.co/t68cSvzc78
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) August 18, 2016