23-year-old Sakshi Malik won a bronze medal in the wrestling 58kg category after the she beat Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in the bronze medal bout. By cinching the medial Sakshi became the only Indian woman wrestler to have ever won a medal at the Olympic games.
Sakshi, a Commonwealth Games silver medalist, who lives in Rohtak, Haryana said "I have stood up to the hopes of the country for the first medal. I was confident that I can win in the end even being down. The last two hours were the most difficult for me thinking whether the medal will come or not," in her initial comments soon after winning.
"This is the first time that a medal has come for women. It's a success of my 12 years of dedication. My hard work has succeeded," Sakshi said.
PM Modi wrote, “Sakshi Malik creates history! Congratulations to her for the Bronze. The entire nation is rejoicing.”
He added, “On this very auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, Sakshi Malik, a daughter of India, wins a Bronze makes all of us very proud. #Rio2016
“Sakshi Malik will inspire several sportspersons in the years to come.”