Rio Olympics 2016: Comeback queen Sakshi Malik ends India's long wait for medal, grabs bronze

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India's Sakshi Malik reacts after winning bronze against Kyrgyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova in the women's wrestling freestyle 58-kg competition. AP

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India's Sakshi Malik celebrating after winning against Kirghyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova in their women's 58kg freestyle bronze medal match. AFP

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The Rohtak-based Sakshi Malik 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. Reuters

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Sakshi Malik of India celebrates with her team members after winning the bronze medal. Reuters

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In the pre-quarters, Sakshi eked out a narrow 5-5 win over Mariana Cherdivara Esanu of Republic of Moldova. Reuters

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But, Sakshi Malik went down in the Women's Freestyle 58 kg quarter-finals losing 2-9 to Valeriia Koblova of Russia. Reuters

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However, Sakshi 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. Reuters

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India's Sakshi Malik wrestling with Kirghyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova in their women's 58kg freestyle bronze medal match. AFP


Updated Date: Aug 18, 2016 12:40 PM

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