Sakshi Malik wins the first medal for India at Rio Olympics. In the wrestling 58kg category, Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal defeating Aisuluu Tynybekova. It was quite thirilling as Sakshi fought back to seal 8-5 down from 0-5. It was before few seconds left to complete she produced a three-point move in her favour to seal the bout. Finally she made it winning the first medal for India at Rio 2016 Olympics.
It wasn’t an ideal start for the 23-year-old as she conceded a five-point lead early in the contest, and like in three out of the four bouts earlier in the day, she was back from behind to produce the moves when they mattered, and seal the win.
Tynybekova started on a positive note as her leg-grab put her in the lead. She repeated the move again and sat in a comfortable position. Malik opened the scoring in the second period of the bout when she pushed her opponent down and out of the mat. She hit back with a similar move to reduce the deficit to just one point.
With scores locked at 5-5, and only seconds to go, Malik managed to steal three points and erupted in joy after a review from the Tynybekova corner didn’t make any difference to the scoring.
Earlier, Malik reached the Repechage rounds of the women’s freestyle 58kg event and made most of the second life as she outplayed Mongolian wrestler Orkhon in the Rd 2 contest 12-3 to advance to the bronze-medal match.
It was a convincing performance by the Indian as she took the early lead and kept the Mongolian under pressure with smart moves. There was a brief moment early in the first period where Sakshi lost balance and allowed her opponent to make most of it, but apart from that she was in complete control of proceedings.
Inputs from Indianexpress.com