Rio de Janeiro: Grappler Sakshi Malik finally gave 1.3 billion Indians a chance to rejoice by clinching India’s first medal at the Rio Olympics 2016 – a bronze in the 58 kg Women's Freestyle category.
She defeated Kyrgyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova, overturning a 0-5 deficit to 8-5 in the second round to become the first Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal.
Wishes started pouring on for Malik from all quarters as Twitterati celebrated the end of the medal-drought for India and wished success to the 23-year-old wrestler for her upcoming events.
The Haryana government also announced Rs 2.5 cr and a government job for Malik.
We take a look at some of the best tweets:
#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
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
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) August 18, 2016
— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) August 18, 2016
— Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) August 18, 2016
Congratulations snd felicitations to sakshi malik. What a great performance. Thank you for lifting the spirits of every Indian .
— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 18, 2016