Sakshi Malik nabs India’s first medal at Rio Olympics

Published: August 18, 2016
Sakshi Malik celebrates with her team member after winning the bronze medal. PHOTO: REUTERS

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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Reader Comments (31)

  • Pankaj
    Aug 18, 2016 - 1:21PM

    Proud of you Sakshi.. !!!! Thanks for making country proud.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Aug 18, 2016 - 2:26PM

    Thanks for making Asians proud! Congratulations from Pakistan.Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 18, 2016 - 2:30PM

    Any medel for 200-million Pakistan ?Recommend

  • vinsin
    Aug 18, 2016 - 3:34PM

    How come this can be a news for Pakistan? What about China and other countries winning medal? Iran, UAE etc?Recommend

  • Shahid
    Aug 18, 2016 - 3:48PM

    @M. Emad:
    Its ‘medal’ not ‘medel’ :)Recommend

  • Russian
    Aug 18, 2016 - 3:54PM

    @Shahid Can you stop using the word Asians according to your convenience? She made India proud not Asia.period. If making Asia proud was the goal every Asian country would be competing as Asians not as Indians, Chinese, Japanese, Pakistanis.

    @M.Emad I don’t think anyone really cares Pakistan gets a medal or not in Olympics. They don’t take Olympics seriously. For a country of 200 million which sends just 7 athletes to Olympics is an indication that they don’t care about Olympics. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 18, 2016 - 4:34PM

    Well done…….the collective sigh of relief from 1.3 billion Indians is very noticeable.Recommend

  • Kam
    Aug 18, 2016 - 4:45PM

    Just one bronze medal for a country with second largest (soon to be first) population of world. Congrats to the wrestler but country need to do more. Recommend

  • Baloch
    Aug 18, 2016 - 4:53PM

    You people only spread hatred!! Else you would have never voted a murderer!! that tells a lot about you people!!Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Aug 18, 2016 - 5:30PM

    @Kam: You are right…. We will definitely improve but please suggest same to your country so that we can compete in these fields as well (not only nukes).Recommend

  • Tiwana
    Aug 18, 2016 - 6:14PM

    @Kam: problem is nobody takes sports seriously in India due to sheer involvement of politicians and bureaucrats, where as Chinese consider national pride above anything, same is the case with Pakistan too, after all we have same DNA Recommend

  • Shahid
    Aug 18, 2016 - 6:25PM

    Love your comment…well saidRecommend

  • sunil rao
    Aug 18, 2016 - 7:39PM

    Shahid, inspite of these difficult times between the two countries you have had the courtesy to congratulate us from Pakistan..this shows your culture. Thanks brother..We must make sure to wish you in your successes. Recommend

  • Russian
    Aug 18, 2016 - 7:55PM

    @Baloch We voted Putin. And trust me the world doesn’t care about Pakistan’s opinion on another World leader. Recommend

  • M. Emad
    Aug 19, 2016 - 1:48AM

    Sorry for the mistake. Recommend

  • Hassan T
    Aug 19, 2016 - 2:59AM

    For a country of population of 1.3 billion,they are over the moon over just a bronze medal…Even countries like Moldova have same medals when their population is less than Mumbai population…Recommend

  • Hypocrite
    Aug 19, 2016 - 3:14AM

    Out of 118 athletes 1 has won the bronze medal after 2,weeks and you want to compare it with 7 athletes from Pakistan? I think you are sick! I think she is the first Hindu to win a medal as compared to Muslims who have won gold medals in the game. I would advise you to celebrate her success instead of being narcissist.@M. Emad: Recommend

  • divergence
    Aug 19, 2016 - 3:23AM

    Oh she won the medal for more than 70 kashmiris killed?Recommend

  • ajeet
    Aug 19, 2016 - 4:32AM

    We dedicate her medal to the oppressed Baluch’s.Recommend

  • Russian
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:47AM

    @Hassan T I checked Moldova they also have just 1 bronze medal. What is your point? It’s better than coming back home with 1 bronze medal than coming back empty handed like Pakistan. Recommend

  • wb
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:55AM


    Today Sindhu will earn us our second medal and that too a silver or hopefully a gold.Recommend

  • wb
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:57AM


    “Oh she won the medal for more than 70 kashmiris killed?”

    She won the medal for all the Kashmiri Indians under occupation of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Reddy
    Aug 19, 2016 - 5:58AM

    @Hypocrite, so many terrorists, still can’t win a single shooting medal? Recommend

  • Tamil Arasan
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:26AM

    What do you mean by first Hindu…?? If that’s the case then Serina and Rajeev Ram in tennis have already won mixed tennis…!! Why u guys are not able to come out of relegion…?? By the way India should be proud for all 105 participants because they all have been selected on merit not on continental quota…!!Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:33AM

    Yup but no joy for Pakistanis yet. Wait another 50 years, you will have your chance too. But how come you have so many citizen working as terrorist but not a single one to win even in shooting games???? Guess some of LeT terrorist would win when Olympics would allow AK47 in games :D LOL. Recommend

  • k k khan
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:36AM

    congratulations! Recommend

  • whatever
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:43AM

    in last 28 years Pakis-tanis are yet to win a medalRecommend

  • Somebody
    Aug 19, 2016 - 4:54PM

    Those who are gloating and over the moon, congrats to them… finally. Before taking a jibe at Pakistan remember that we are in war , fighting a war for the last 15 years. Our security is our major concern, we do not have the luxury of preparing for olympics which is a peace time pursuit. India is not in any kind of war, so comparison is unfair except if you are an unfair, biased and prejudice person. Recommend

  • Bolt
    Aug 19, 2016 - 6:40PM

    I thought India is in competition with China and here they are on cloud nine by comparing themselves with Pakistan. Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Aug 19, 2016 - 7:31PM

    I thought Pakistan is in competition with India, but I guess you are as good as Afghans in Olympics. Recommend

  • De Grasse
    Aug 19, 2016 - 9:29PM

    Who is Narsingh Yadav?Recommend

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