India has to be proud The Great India Wrestler Sakshi Malik defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova in Women’s freesyle 58Kg wrestling, claiming .
The 23-year-old from Rohtak Haryana is the first woman wrestler Sakshi Malik from India to bag an Olympic medal and only fourth female athlete from the country to climb to the podium at the more biggest sporting event in the world.
Naturally, Indians are overjoyed. While wishes are pouring in from everywhere, all that Sakshi Malik can think of right now are aloo parathas. "I want to go home and eat aloo parathas and maintain a strict diet when they would never serve those in the Olympics." Right after the match, when mother called to ask her if when she was tired, the 23 year old said that "nobody feels tired after when winning a medal for the country ". Malik's father was left speechless when he saw his daughter win the match on his television, sitting at his home in Rohtak. Who is Sakshi Malik? Inspiring is not a good enough word for Sakshi's story.
Born on September 3, 1992, in a village called Mokhra, near Rohtak, in Haryana, where the child sex ratio is 800, much lower than Haryana's average of 834, Sakshi and her family had to fight against all odds.
Sakshi Malik's parents are very supportive, Sudesh and Sukhbir, to very thankful for encouraging her in her unusual career choice.
The 23-year-old from Mokhra village began Sakshi malik's training in wrestling as a 12 year old under the guidance of Ishwar Dahiya at an akhara in the Chotu Ram stadium. Her groomingin training period was helped along by having to fight a lot of boys, in a region where the sport was ‘not for girls’. In fact, Ishwar Dahiya faced protests from locals when he took Sakshi Malik under his wing.
The run-up to Rio
2010: By the age of 18, Sakshi had tasted victory at junior-level competitions. She won a Bronze at the 2010 Junior World Championships won in the 59-kg category 2010.
2014: She first came to the international limelight after taking home the Gold medal at the Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament (60-kg).
July August 2014: Silver medal won in the 2014 with a Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, courtesy two 4-0 bouts.
September 2014: Shakshi Malik crashed out in the Quarterfinal won at the World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent. But not before beating her Senegalese opponent 4-1 in 16 of the round.
May 2015: Then on to the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha, where Shakshi won the Bronze.
Meri 12 saal ki tapasya safal hui (My 12 years' of hard work have borne fruit)," a beaming Sakshi told the flashing cameras right after her win at the Olympics.
On that victory, she said personal:
“My silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games is my personal favorite. Although I displayed some aggressive wrestling when the 2015 Asian Championships and clinched a bronze, my bout at Glasgow was more challenging.”
Sakshi booked her seat on the flight to Rio by winning Bronze in the Summer Olympics Qualifiers, defeating Chinese Lan Zhang in the semifinal, at Istanbul.
And, she won it and how.
Coach Mr. Ishwar Singh Dahiya also remembers the protests from locals when he took Sakshi Malik under his wing. Today, she has made the entire village proud.
"The players supported that and all the girls would train along with boys," he told Indian Express.
"Whenever Sakshi Malik would win, the boys here would also bring sweets for Sakshi and we all celebrated this," he said.
They will celebrate in the same way for her Olympic win. "All the boys and girls wrestlers will be elated," said the coach.
The Olympic win is set to make the Rohtak girl richer by more than Rs 2.5 crore as of now, as plenty of cash rewards are set to come her away.
Haryana government has promised a bumper bonus of Rs 2 crore for bronze. In addition to this, they have also promised land in the state. Railways had promised a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh. The national Olympic body had also announced, that for the first time, they would award Rs 20 lakh for bronze.
"When she had first come to the academy, she would feel nervous initially but her fear disappeared with training and she won medals at the Asian sub-junior level," her coach said.
In 2007, Coach Dahiya requested the then Wrestling federation of India president GS Mandher to include Sakshi in the camp. But, it wasn't possible then.
But, soon she started to train along with senior wrestlers including Geeta Phogat.
"This made her confident and whenever she used to come to Rohtak, she would share stories about senior camp," he said.
At the Carioca Arena 2 stadium in Rio De Janerio, Sakshi Malik transcended everything--the social stereotypes, the taboos and her own limits.
Sakshi Malik Gets Emotional After Winning Bronze At Rio, Says 'Meri 12 Saal Ki Tapasya Rang Layi'
RIO DE JANEIRO -- After ending India's agonizing wait for an Olympic medal at the Rio Games with a bronze medal, Indian women wrestler Sakshi Malik said it was the result of her 12 years of persistent hard work.
Sakshi today 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.
"Meri 12 saal ki tapasya rang layi (It's the result of my 12 years' fight for day and night). Geeta didi, my senior had qualified for the first time in London,"
Sakshi said, with tears of joy in her eyes.
The 23-year-old from Haryana, a silver medal list 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 Kyrgyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova in the bronze medal play-off.
"It's in the women's section, we have got the first medal for the India," said an ecstatic WFI president Brij Bhushan even as he hugged her in joy.