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

Sakshi Malik ended India's long wait for a medal at Rio Olympics 2016 after she won the women's 58kg freestyle bronze medal match against Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kirghyzstan.

FP Sports August 18, 2016 12:40:58 IST
Rio Olympics 2016: Comeback queen Sakshi Malik ends India's long wait for medal, grabs bronze
Rio Olympics 2016 Comeback queen Sakshi Malik ends Indias long wait for medal grabs bronze

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

Rio Olympics 2016 Comeback queen Sakshi Malik ends Indias long wait for medal grabs bronze

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

Rio Olympics 2016 Comeback queen Sakshi Malik ends Indias long wait for medal grabs bronze

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

Rio Olympics 2016 Comeback queen Sakshi Malik ends Indias long wait for medal grabs bronze

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

Rio Olympics 2016 Comeback queen Sakshi Malik ends Indias long wait for medal grabs bronze

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

Rio Olympics 2016 Comeback queen Sakshi Malik ends Indias long wait for medal grabs bronze

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

Rio Olympics 2016 Comeback queen Sakshi Malik ends Indias long wait for medal grabs bronze

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

Rio Olympics 2016 Comeback queen Sakshi Malik ends Indias long wait for medal grabs bronze

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

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