When we were losing all hope of bagging medals in Rio Olympics, Sakshi Malik emerged as the shining beacon of hope by getting India her first medal on 12th day of Rio Olympics. She won a bronze medal in women’s freestyle wrestling in 58 kg category.
Sakshi created a historic moment by becoming the first ever woman wrestler in India to win an Olympic medal and one of the four women from India to win at Olympics. By climbing the podium of world’s biggest athletic games, she has brought glory to the country and her victory became more significant as her peer wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who was on the verge of winning, was forced to retire from semifinal in 48 kg category due to her unfortunate injury.
The 23-year-old was born in Rohtak, Haryana on September 3 and she owes her success to her ever supportive parents and coach. She began her training as a wrestler from a young age of 12 years under her coach, Ishwar Dahiya. Being born in an orthodox society did create some barriers for her since the sport was not considered fit for a girl. Her trainer received rebukes from the villagers for training Sakshi in wrestling. But she fought all the odds and trained with the other boys in theakhara with the support of her parents and Dahiya.
After 12 days of disappointment, Sakshi’s victory sent a wave of relief among Indians. Her hardwork and determination has made her known all over the country and the happiness of her family knows no bounds. She said that her bronze medal was the result of her 12 years’ worth of dedication and she didn’t give up till the end and did her best in the last round.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered his congratulation on twitter for her victory on the occasion of Rakshabandhan by calling her “daughter of India”. She has definitely made India proud and we couldn’t be happier.
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