There is no joy higher than this, amidst falling hope and the Olympics coming to the closing days, twenty-three-year-old Sakshi Malik from Haryana’s Rohtak saved the pride of this country which holds one sixth of the world population. The bronze she won after making three intense fight is bigger than any gold.
Sakshi who holds Haryana’s renowned wrestling heritage is the first women wrestler to win a medal for the country. Her fight reminds us the one made by Yogeswar Dutt in the London Olympics four years ago.
In the second of the repchecahge round, the Indian girl was trailing 90 per cent of the match time against Kirgizstan’s Aisuluu Tynybehovk. Her body language was not seemed to be aggressive. But in the last stretch, the Haryana girl made a remarkable comeback; surprising the hyper aggressive rival who held two-point lead throughout.
Sakshi within thirty seconds won unassailable lead over her rival producing unbound jubilations among the limited number of Indians who witnessed the match.
Our other athletes also fought hard and let console that the day never belonged to them including for K Sreekanth who fell marginally to the titanic Lin Dan.
Sakshi symbolically represents all of them – big thumps up to the Bravehearts.