Sakshi Malik won the first medal for India in the Rio Olympic Games, defeating Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in the bronze medal bout in 58 kg women’s wrestling freestyle. In a thrilling match, she came back from trailing 0-5 to win the game 8-5. She produced a 3 pointer with just a few seconds remaining to end India’s drought in the Rio Olympics 2016 and win the bronze.
Sakshi Malik hails from Rohtak in Haryana and has previously won silver medal in Glasgow Commonwealth Games (2014) and Bronze in Asiad held in Doha (2015). She is the first Indian women to win an olympic medal in wrestling and the fourth Indian women to win a medal in the Olympic games, the other three being Geeta Phogat, Saina Nehwal and Mary Kom – all three of them in 2012 London Olympics.
Coming from Rohtak in the state of Haryana, which is notorious for its extremely skewed sex ratio and female infanticide, her success story is a lesson for everyone who has the notion that female children are a burden and only male children can make the family proud. Hope her unprecedented success at the international level further strengthens and add momentum to the “Beti Bachao Abhiyan“. The country needs many more of such inspirations.
Let us join hands in congratulating Sakshi Malik on her excellent performance. She has made the entire nation proud. We wish her many more success and medals in the future !
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