Indian Female Wrestler Sakshi Malik has delivered first Medal of Rio Olympics to India.
After a Valiant performance at the 58kg women’s wrestling category she won bronze, becoming the first Indian female wrestler and the fourth Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.
She told the leading newspaper – “I never thought I would become the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal in wrestling, hope the remaining wrestlers will also do well.”
“Sakshi secured the two point takedown by capitalising on her opponent’s failed attempt, then drove in for her very own takedown. That’s how she won the match,” Arvind Lalwani, Team Singapore wrestler and head coach at Juggernaut Fight Club told the BBC “It’s not easy to come back when you are five points down – and to win the match in the last few seconds! She just kept going and kept trying to go for the shots and eventually she got them, from what I saw, it was pure grit and determination.”
She will now be rewarded with the cash of Rs 60 lakh by her employers Indian Railways.
The Railway Ministry had announced before the start of the Games that handsome cash awards of Rs 1 cr, Rs 75 lakh and Rs 50 lakh will be given to medal winners and a further Rs 10 lakh for qualifying.
The Indian Railways are planning a grand felicitation for Sakshi to celebrate her stupendous feat.
She had previously won silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha.