RIO DE JANEIRO: Sakshi Malik snared India's first medal of the Rio Olympics on Wednesday when she claimed bronze in the women's freestyle wrestling 58kg category.
Malik defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan 3-1 in one of two bronze medal matches.
"It's my dream of 12 years come true, I'm so happy," said Malik.
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"It's a very pressurised match because it's a medal match -- very, very pressurised.
"I was very confident I would win."
Her compatriots took to Twitter to celebrate her victory:
#SakshiMalik is a reminder of what cn happn if u don't kill a girl child.When d going gets tough,its our girls who get going &save our pride— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 18, 2016
Congratulations #SakshiMalik for making us proud 🇮🇳 🏅 You go girl!— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) August 18, 2016
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Congratulations Sakshi Malik! 1st Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal. Well done. You have done India proud!— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) August 18, 2016
A medal! And a first for a woman wrestler! Hopefully, the first of many. Congratulations to the tough #SakshiMalik— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 18, 2016