Rio Olympics 2016: Sakshi Malik’s bronze medal sets Twitter ablaze with praise

Sakshi Malik, who had also finished on the podium at the 2015 Asian Championships, created history by becoming the first Indian female wrestler to clinch an Olympic medal.

FP Sports August 18, 2016 11:18:22 IST
Rio Olympics 2016: Sakshi Malik’s bronze medal sets Twitter ablaze with praise

Sakshi Malik brought an end to India's long wait for a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics, and how.

It was a rousing display of fighting spirit and never-say-die attitude from the wrestler as she clinched the bronze in women's freestyle 58kg category in the repechage round, showing amazing fighting spirit.

The 23-year-old from Rohtak overturned a 0-5 deficit in a hectic second round to script an 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the bronze medal bout.

Sakshi — who has previously shown a knack of staging strong comebacks — was a totally transformed grappler, taking eight consecutive points to send the sizable number of Indian fans in the stands into wild delirium.

Sakshi, who had also finished on the podium at the 2015 Asian Championships, created history by becoming the first Indian female wrestler to clinch an Olympic medal.  Her historic achievement was lauded all over India as the country woke up to the news of their first medal at Rio 2016.

From politicians across party lines

To fellow athletes, both in Rio and elsewhere

The film industry 

And the sports journalist fraternity

And then there was this from AIB and MTV, in their trademark style

Take a bow, Sakshi Malik!

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