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Rio 2016: Sakshi Malik Wins Bronze, Is The First Indian Female Wrestling Olympic Medallist

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Wrestler Sakshi Malik clinched a historic bronze medal on Thursday in the women’s 58 kg freestyle event at the Rio Olympics.

She became the first Indian female wrestler to win an Olympics medal after beating Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in a thrilling match.

Sakshi is only fourth Indian woman athlete to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleshwari, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.

Like in three of the four other bouts earlier in the day, Sakshi won the crucial bout after coming from behind.

She, in fact, had lost 2-9 in the quarter-finals to Russia’s Valeriia Koblova in the fifth bout of the day before getting a second chance in repechage when her conqueror reached the final.

Sakshi’s victory brought cheers to the Indian contingent that had endured agonising 11 days without a medal.

She turned the tables on the Kyrgyzstan wrestler in the dying seconds of the bout as Tynybekova was in complete command in most part of the clash. Tynybekova grabbed Sakshi’s leg and quickly earned two points before adding one more for the Indian’s passivity. She repeated her move and successfully bagged two more points to lead 5-0 at the break.

Sakshi could open the scoring only in the second period and got two points after throwing her rival down and out of the mat. She then managed to earn two points again with a similar move to bring down the margin to 4-5. Thereafter, it was no looking back for the Indian girl and she took the opponent down to level the scores 5-5.

But she did not stop there and gained three more points by pinning down the Kyrgyzstan wrestler in the dying moments of the match. She had earlier stormed into the bronze medal play-off round with a dominating performance in her repechage round, where she thrashed Purevdorjiin Orkhon of Mongolia 12-3.

Both the wrestlers matched each other in the first period and the scores were 2-2 at the break. But Sakshi gave a more aggressive account of herself in the second period, pinning down her opponent from time to time, besides flipping her over for crucial points. Starting with a double-leg take down to earn two points, she added two more crucial points to her kitty to lead 6-3 with a minute left.

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The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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