After 12 days of constant dismissal, the Indian team at Rio Olympics finally raised the national flag with triumph of will. It is Sakshi Mittal, from Rohtak who bagged the “the bronze in the 58kg category” of the Women’s Wrestling Match. It was a super exciting match where Sakshi prevailed 8-5 in a late comeback, defying the early 0-5 lead of her opponent.
Sakshi got India its first medal at Rio when she won her 58kg freestyle bout against A Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan. The bronze medal came in the repechage event after she had earlier been eliminated in the quarters.
On receiving the medal, she says:
“I was all along confident. I always felt I would win. I did not back down and kept pushing. This is historic for Indian women wrestlers,” said the elated 23-year-old after the win.
“This is the result of over ten years of hard work. I feel proud and special that I could get this medal for India.”
This medal did not come easy, especially with her opponent — Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan — looked in complete control of the situation with a score of 0-5 till the end of first period.
But the Indian wrestler didn’t give up.
With the first minute of the second period going scoreless, Sakshi had just under two minutes to turnaround things and she did just that.
She threw her opponent on to the mat to get on the scoreboard and another similar move just seconds later saw her trail just by a point. Sakshi’s never-die attitude finally paid off as scored another point by pinning her opponent down.
The final score came out to be 8-5; calling it an Indian Victory and Sakshi jumped in the air with joy. That was the moment!
Sakshi Malik 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 to the podium at the biggest sporting event in the world. Overall, Sakshi has won India’s fifth wrestling medal in the Olympic Games. It is India’s 25th medal in Olympic Games.
Finally FLAG RISES !!! Rio Olympics 2016 Live Day 12: Sakshi Malik wins bronze, India get first medal !!!! https://t.co/8rTfBUgGFC
— Smart Indian Women (@SmartIndiaWomen) August 17, 2016
— Aashish (@c_aashish) August 17, 2016
This victory is clear display of the talent that Indian girls and women possess. We, as a nation, need to support and give a right direction to nurture this talent. In the words of George F. Will, “Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.”
Great Job Sakshi. The entire nation is proud of you.