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Malik clinches first medal for India at Rio Olympics

Sakshi beats Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan 8-5 in the women's wrestling, wins a bronze medal

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Publish Date: Aug 18 2016 1:18PM | Updated Date: Aug 18 2016 1:19PM

Malik clinches first medal for India at Rio Olympics

India’s daughter Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal in the wrestling 58kg category after she beat Aisuluu Tynybekova with 8-5. In a thrilling contest, Sakshi fought back from 0-5 down to win. At the very end, she produced a three-point move and clinched India’s first medal at Rio 2016 Olympics.

 

The fight wasn’t an ideal start for the 23-year-old. She conceded a five-point lead early in the contest, she was back from behind to produce the moves when they mattered, and seal the win. Tynybekova started on a positive note as her leg-grab put her in the lead.

 

Tynybekova repeated the move multiple times. Malik opened the scoring in the second period of the bout when she pushed her opponent down and out of the mat. She hit back with a similar move to reduce the deficit to just one point.

 

With scores locked at 5-5, and only seconds to go, Malik managed to steal three points and erupted in joy. It was a convincing performance by Sakshi Malik which brings the very first medal in India, in Rio Olympics.

 

Earlier, Malik reached the Repechage rounds of the women’s freestyle 58kg event and made most of the second life as she outplayed Mongolian wrestler Orkhon in the Rd 2 contest 12-3 to advance to the bronze-medal match.