Rio de Janerio: Indian woman wrestler Sakshi Malik under 58 kilograms category brought some relief for India by winning bronze medal at Rio Olympics.
Sakshi by showing extraordinary fighting spirit finally ended India’s frustrating medal drought with a dramatic bronze-winning effort on day 12 of the Summer Games.
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The Indian wrestler fought five bruising battles against equally determined opponents in a single day before securing the podium place for country.
Sakshi, who lost in quarterfinals, got another lease of life when Russian wrestler reached the finals, allowing Indian wrestler to be back in competition in the recharge round.
The 23-year-old wrestler from Haryana climbed the medal rostrum with a spectacular come-from-behind 8-5 win over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan after trailing 0-5 in the first period.
She jumped on the mat with smile before being hoisted by her coach Kuldeep Singh with the Indian tri-colour draped around her.