(Last Updated on : 20/08/2016)
Sakshi Malik is an Indian wrestler competing in Rio Olympics 2016 in the freestyle category. Sakshi Malik represented India in the women's freestyle 58 kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
in Glasgow in which she won the silver medal. Sakshi Malik also represented India in the women's freestyle 60 kg category at the 2014 World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent.
Early Life of Sakshi Malik
Sakshi Malik was born on 3rd September in the year 1992. Sakshi Malik is hailing from Haryana
of Northern part of India. She is trained by her coach and mentor Ishwar Dahiya.
Sports Career of Sakshi Malik
Sakshi Malik began her Commonwealth campaign in Glasgow, Scotland with her opening match in the quarter-finals against Edwige Ngono Eyia of Cameroon, beating her 4-0 comfortably. In the semi-finals, Sakshi Malik faced off against Braxton Rei Stone of Canada who put up a tough fight but ultimately the Indian won 3-1 to assure herself of a Commonwealth medal. Her opponent in the final was Aminat Adeniyi of Nigeria who defeated her 4-0 in a closely contested match, awarding Sakshi Malik the silver medal.
Sakshi Malik in 2014 World Wrestling Championships
Sakshi Malik participated in the World Wrestling Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on September 10, 2014. She faced Anta Sambou of Senegal in the Round of 16 and won 4-1 over her opponent. She ultimately crashed out of the tournament, losing 1-3 to Petra Maarit Olli of Finland. The result of Sakshi Malik was the best on a day when the other three wrestlers crashed out in the opening round itself.
Sakshi Malik in 2015 Senior Asian Wrestling Championships
Sakshi Malik also competed in Senior Asian Wrestling Championships, which was held in Doha, Qatar, during the month of May, 2015. On May 9, 2015, in a total of five rounds in the 60 kg category, Sakshi Malik battled through two rounds to finish in third position and claim a bronze medal. In the first round, Sakshi faced Luo Xiaojuan of China but was beaten 4-5 by Fall Verdict. She came back strongly in the second round to beat Munkhtuya Tungalag of Mongolia 13-0. The third round was lost by Sakshi Malik to Yoshimi Kayama of Japan. She was able to clinch the bronze medal in the fourth round, beating Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan.
Sakshi Malik in 2016 Rio Olympics
Sakshi Malik from Rothak District was qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics by defeating China's Zhang Lan in the semi-final of the 58 kg category at the Olympic World qualifying tournament in May 2016. At the Olympics, Sakshi Malik won her Round of 32 bout against Sweden's Johanna Mattsson and Round of 16 bout against Moldova's Mariana Cherdivara. After losing to eventual finalist Valeria Koblova of Russia in the quarterfinal, Sakshi Malik qualified for the Repechage round where she defeated Purevdorjiin Orkhon of Mongolia in her first bout. Sakshi Malik won the bronze medal after a 8-5 victory over the reigning Asian champion Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan, despite trailing 0-5 at one stage, in the Repechage medal playoff. After that Sakshi Malik became India's first female wrestler and the fourth female athlete ever to win an Olympic medal.
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