Sakshi Malik nabs India’s first medal at Rio Olympics

Defeats Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan 3-1 in one of two bronze medal matches

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Sakshi Malik celebrates with her team member after winning the bronze medal. PHOTO: REUTERS

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:

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