Rio de Janeiro: Gritty woman wrestler Sakshi Malik ended India's painful wait for a medal at the Rio Olympic Games by clinching the bronze in the 58kg category, pulling off a sensational 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova
in the Play-off bout.
The 23-year-old from Rohtak became only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal as she earned the dramatic win after falling behind 0-5 in the do-or-die bout. With her bronze, India finally opened its account at the Games, featuring on the medal tally for the first time since the start of the biggest sporting event on the planet.
Also in wrestling, Kaori Icho grabbed a slice of Olympic history as Japan swept all three women's wrestling gold medals on offer at Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Icho became the first woman in any sport to win four gold medals in individual events across four Games with her victory over Russian Valeriia Koblova Zholobova in the women's freestyle 58kg final.
Elsewhere, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson sealed an Olympic sprint double after scorching to victory in the women's 200m on Wednesday. Thompson, who won the 100m crown on Saturday, timed a season's best of 21.78 seconds to trump Dutch favourite Dafne Schippers, who won silver in 21.78sec.
China maintained their total grip on Olympic table tennis stretching back to the 2000 Games on Wednesday as their men's team beat Japan to win gold in Rio on Wednesday. China may be smarting at a lower than expected medal haul in Rio but their table tennis players have proved a cast-iron source for gold. Ma Long, Zhang Jike and Xu Xin saw off Japanese trio Koki Niwa, Jun Mizutani and Maharu Yoshimura 3-1 to claim this fourth and final title of Rio 2016.
France overcame a litany of setbacks to clinch the Olympic team jumping title on Wednesday to follow up their team eventing gold last week. French riders Phillippe Rozier, whose father won France's last team jumping gold 40 years ago in Montreal, Kevin Staut and Roger Yves Bost, were placed fifth after the first day on Tuesday.
At the end of day twelve, United States topped the medal tally with 93 medals (30 Gold, 32 Silver, 31 Bronze). China on 54 medals (19 Gold, 15 Silver, 20 Bronze) reclaimed the second spot from Great Britain on 50 medals (19 Gold, 19 Silver, 12 Bronze) on the medal tally.
Russia on 41 medals (12 Gold, 14 Silver, 15 Bronze), followed by Japan on 33 medals (10 Gold, 5 Silver, 18 Bronze) rounded up the fourth and fifth spot respectively.
India features on the medal tally in the 70th position with one medal (0 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze).
Here is the Rio Olympics medal tally after day twelve:
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With inputs from AFP and PTI
First Published On : Aug 18, 2016 13:06 IST