After 11 days of anticipation in this year’s Olympics India finally got a medal through Sakshi Malik in women’s wrestling. She is the fourth Indian woman to win a medal in the Olympics and the first Indian woman who got a medal in wrestling. After defeating Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova she won a bronze in Women’s 58 kg freestyle.
The 23 years old from Rohtak, Haryana made a comeback in the final moment after going 5-0 down in the early stages. In the second period of the tensed match where the scoreboard showed points against her, she finally got the grip around the waist of Aisuluu Tynybekova and threw her down on the mat.
Her opponent looked in complete control, but she didn’t lose her hope. She got four points for her two successive holds and it allowed her to cut the margin of 4-5. When the scores were tied 5-5 she could see the medal, which she wished for a decade to achieve. After that, three more points gave her the victory.
The Indian wrestler said, “I have seen the game changing in the last two seconds, so I thought to myself why not in 10 seconds. Tried my best and did it.” In the first minute of the second period she was scoreless, but she had only two minutes to turn out things to her side and she did exactly that.
With just a couple of seconds she grabbed the leg of her opponent and pinned her again, which gave her two most crucial points and she led the scoreboard. The coaching staff of the Kyrgyzstan wrestler demanded a review said Aisuluu rolled Sakshi better. The replay made a decision in favor of Sakshi and the failed review gave her another additional point which showed on the scoreboard 8-5. Sakshi Malik jumped in the air with joy and she was hugged by her two coaches.
As soon as the news of her triumph India heard, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his joy in twitter. He praised her as the ‘daughter of India’ who make her country proud.
Her mother told the local reporters that after her win she asked her daughter if she was tired, in reply she answered, “Nobody feels tired after winning a medal for (their) country”.
The girl belongs to a state which is famous for gender biases and the state is very conservative. Women wrestling took off in India in mid 90’s, but until 2002 girls of Haryana were not allowed to train with the boys. But the proud girl broke all the stereotypes to earn her bronze medal and have made India proud.
From today her name is written beside Karnam Malleswary, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow she won silver medal for India in the women’s freestyle 58kg category.
She won bronze medal at the 2015 World Championship in Doha, Qatar.
But her Olympic achievement of 2016 will remember her name in the history of India’s medal winners in the Olympics.
Sakshi’s winning moment