What a proud moment for India! It had been 12 days since the Rio Olympics began and India was still yearning for that elusive medal. The chances grew slimmer with each passing day but then, Sakshi Malik scripted history by becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal and only the fourth female athlete from the country to climb the podium at the world’s biggest sporting event.

“It’s the result of my 12 years’ fight for day and night. I never thought I would become the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal in wrestling. I hope the remaining wrestlers will also do well,” Sakshi said with tears of joy in her eyes. 

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The 23-year-old from Haryana, a silver medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and bronze winner at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, earned a dramatic come-from-behind 8-5 win over Kyrgysztan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova in the bronze medal play-off.

While Sakshi’s family were elated following the victory…

Twitter too went berserk with prominent personalities from all walks of life were showering praises on Sakshi. 

Politicians also flooded Twitter with praises for the female wrestler from Haryana. 

From those covering the bout from the venue to those biting their nails in their living room, media personalities too shared the joyous moment. 

(Feature image source: AFP)