Published On: Wed, Aug 17th, 2016

Indian Female Wrestler Sakshi Malik Wins Bronze At Rio Olympics

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Indian female wrestler Sakshi Malik has become the breakthrough for the country at Rio 2016 Olympic Games by winning a bronze medal after a gritty performance at the 58kg women’s wrestling category.

Sharing her happiness and celebrating the joyous media the 23-year-old said she had never thought would become the first woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal in wrestling for the country.

Born in the Indian state of Haryana, the wrestler had started training young in such society where women were not allowed to take up wrestling as a sport. She gained her parents’ support to pursue wrestling amid locals had repeatedly berated, telling the daughter would become undesirable to potential suitors.

Indian Female Wrestler Sakshi Malik Wins Bronze At Rio Olympics

Sakshi Malik also had won a silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and a bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

She said her Olympic medal is a result of her twelve years of dedication and she had never given up till the end.

Sakshi’s father Sukhvir Malik said her daughter “is now known to the entire country… people have been celebrating outside our house since last night.”

Senior Malik added Sakshi was inspired by her grandfather and trained herself extremely hard.”

Though women’s wrestling in India took off in the mid-1990s, but girls were allowed after 2002.


Updated Medal Count (17th August)



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