Rio De Janeiro | India’s long wait for a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games finally bore fruit through wrestler Sakshi Malik in the wee hours of Thursday.
She won against Asian champion Kirghyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova in their women’s 58kg freestyle bronze medal match at the Carioca Arena 2.
The 23 yearold from Rohtak, Haryana, has become India’s first female wrestler and the fourth Indian female athlete ever to win an Olympic medal.
She had previously won silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha.
After losing to eventual finalist Valeria Koblova of Russia in the quarterfinal in Rio, she qualified for the repechage round where she defeated Pürevdorjiin Orkhon of Mongolia in her first bout. She won the bronze medal after a 8–5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova after trailing 0–5 in the repechage medal playoff.
The lone bronze medal puts India at 70th position in medal ranking.