New Delhi: Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik on Wednesday at the Carioca Arena 2 brought an end to India's long wait for a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics.
The 23-year-old grappler from Rohtak, Haryana defeated Kyrgyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova to win a bronze in the Women's Freestyle 58kg category getting India its first medal at the Rio Olympics 2016, thereby becoming the first Indian woman to bag a medal in wrestling.
In an aggressive second round, Sakshi overturned a 0-5 deficit to win 8-5 in the bronze medal bout.
Though most of India’s Olympic medal hopefuls are already out of the Rio Games, a few like PV Sindhu and Yogeshwar Dutt still keep our hopes alive.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Sakshi on Twitter and said, "On this very auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, Sakshi Malik, a daughter of India, wins a bronze and makes all of us very proud. #Rio2016"
Sakshi Malik creates history! Congratulations to her for the Bronze. The entire nation is rejoicing.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2016
Indian badminton player PV Sindhu takes on Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the semifinals of the women’s singles.
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated Sakshi on winning the medal.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 18, 2016
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, a London Olympics bronze medalist, will contest on the last day of the Rio Games.
It was during the Barcelona, Spain Olympics, 24 years ago that India failed to win any medals at the Games.