Sakshi Malik, the 22-year-old from Rohtak, Haryana, ended India’s wait and won the first medal at the Rio Games. She defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in 58kg Freestyle Wrestling to win the bronze medal bout. Sakshi was 0-5 down but fought back to seal the bout 8-5 in her favour in a thrilling contest. With 7 seconds left on the clock, Sakshi Malik brilliantly produced a move which yielded three points and sealed the bout and thereby winning India’s first medal at Rio 2016 Olympics.
It wasn’t a good start for the 23-year-old as she was trailing a 0-5 in first Round and like in three out of the four bouts she played earlier yesterday, she came back from behind to produce the moves when they mattered the most, and seal the win.
Twitterati were delgihted on Sakshi Malik’s Win and appreciated her. Tributes were pouring in for her endlessly. She is undoubtedly India’s Hero.
#SakshiMalik is a reminder of what cn happn if u don't kill a girl child.When d going gets tough,its our girls who get going &save our pride
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 18, 2016
Great comeback by Sakshi Malik 2 win our 1st medal in Rio.determination and self belief r the key for a performance like this.congratulation
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) August 18, 2016
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) August 18, 2016
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 18, 2016
Bow down to #SakshiMalik 's mother as well,who encouraged her 2 pursue wrestling.Tdy a country of1.25bn is rejoicing
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 18, 2016
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) August 18, 2016
— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) August 18, 2016
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 18, 2016
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) August 18, 2016
— Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) August 18, 2016
— President Mukherjee (@POI13) August 18, 2016
A medal! And a first for a woman wrestler! Hopefully, the first of many. Congratulations to the tough #SakshiMalik
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 18, 2016
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 18, 2016
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 18, 2016
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 17, 2016
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) August 17, 2016