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Sakshi makes India proud

After ending India’s agonising wait for an Olympic medal Sakshi Malik’s hard work for 12 years and persistent efforts paid off in the end. Sakshi scripted history by becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal and only fourth female athlete from the country to climb up the podium at the biggest sporting event. The others in the list of women achieving podium finish include Weight lifting star Karnam Malleswari in 2000, Badminton queen Saina Nehwal in 2012, Mary Kom in boxing in 2012 and salute Sakshi in 2016 Olympics at Rio. These magnificent women from India made it big with breathtaking performances and they deserve all praise. The 23-year-old from Haryana, a silver medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and bronze winner at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, earned a dramatic come-from-behind 8-5 win over Kyrgysztan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova in the bronze medal play-off. Sakshi earned the dramatic win after falling behind 0-5 following the first period in the do-or-die bout. The Indian turned the tables on the Kyrgyzstan wrestler in the dying seconds of the bout as Tynybekova was in complete command in most part of the clash. She made valiant attempt and came out victorious to win first medal for India. The S factor came good for success in the name of Sakshi and now all eyes on Sindhu to do a “Sakshi”.

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