Sakshi Malik does India proud by winning bronze in wrestling

2016 Rio Olympics - Wrestling - Final - Women's Freestyle 58 kg Bronze - Carioca Arena 2 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 17/08/2016. Sakshi Malik (IND) of India celebrates winning the bronze medal. REUTERS/Toru Hanai FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

Euphoric Sakshi Malik

Indian contestants in Olympic 2016, around  118 of them competing in around 68 sporting events have performed dismally except on Day 12 when  Sakshi Malik won a bronze in wrestling. Thank the Sporting God up there, if there is any, that prayers have been heard and India at least goes back without the ‘zero’ in  the three categories of medal tally except one, a nation of 1.3 billion people now positioned at number 70 in the Olympic medal tally list.

Sydneysiders remember  Karnam Malleswari, Indian weight lifter, who won for India the solo bronze in Sydney Olympics. She was a crorepati even before she left to go back to India after winning the medal with U.P. government announcing 1 crore to honour her and also the offer of an apartment to her. Not to speak of many sponsors ready to do sponsor deals with Malleswari to be the brand ambassador of their  brands her being the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.

India’s Sakshi Malik  won a bronze medal in the wrestling 58 kg category after the Indian beat Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in the bronze medal bout. In a thrilling contest, Sakshi fought back from 0-5 down to seal the bout 8-5 in her favour. With seconds left on the clock, she produced a three-point move to seal the bout and India’s first medal at Rio 2016 Olympics.

Hopes are now on to few of the events left where India might have a chance.

On Day 13 of the Rio Games, shuttler P.V. Sindhu will take on Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara for a place in the final. Wrestler Babita Kumari will begin her campaign in the women’s freestyle 53 kg.


Women’s singles semifinals between P. V. Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara at 7.30 p.m.


In Women’s freestyle 53 kg individual Round of 16, Babita Kumari will take on Greece’s Maria Prevolaraki at 7.10 p.m.


In Women’s individual Round 2, Aditi Ashok will be seen in action from 4.00 p.m.


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