India acquired its first medal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Sakshi Malik was the one to do it for the country, whose athletic contingent has thus far flattered to deceive in Brazil, by capturing the bronze medal (through Repechage) in the 58-kg category of Women’s Freestyle Wrestling.

Sakshi will be first in the ring. She will face a stiff challenge against two-time European Championships gold medallist Johanna. Sakshi will look to qualify for the next round first.

Malik reached the Repe chage rounds of the women’s freestyle 58 Kg event and made most of the second life as she outplayed Mongolian wrestler Orkhon in the Round 2 contest 12-3 to advance to the bronze medal match. In the quarterfinal, Malik was easily trumped by the superior and much quicker Koblova to lose 9-2. And crash out of contention for a gold or a silver medal.

Malik got another chance at a medal after her quarterfinal opponent Valeria Koblova reached the gold medal match.

Did you know Sakshi Malik?

Weight: 64 kg

Height: 1.62 metres

Born 3- Sep- 1992, in Rohtak, Haryana, Sakshi Malik has her supportive parents, Sudesh and Sukhbir, to thank for encouraging her in her unusual career choice.

The 23-year-old from Mokhra village began her training in wrestling as a 12-year-old under the guidance of Ishwar Dahiya at an akhara in the Chotu Ram stadium. Her grooming was helped along by having to fight a lot of boys, in a region where the sport was ‘not for girls’. In fact, Dahiya faced protests from locals when he took Sakshi under his wing.

We celebrate India’s First medal in Rio Olympic 2016! 

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