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Rio 2016: Sakshi Malik reaches pre-quarters of 58kg freestyle wrestling

Updated: Aug 17, 2016 20:17 IST

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Aug.17 (ANI):Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik displayed a stunning comeback as she ousted World Number.3 Johanna Mattsson 5-4 to progress through to the pre-quarterfinals of the Women's 58kg freestyle event at the Rio Olympics here on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old from Rohtak made a disappointing start against her Swedish opponent, going down 0-4 in the first period.

Malik, however, bounced back in style to gain the lost points and register a victory in a closely fought qualifying round.

With the win, Sakshi has now set up a clash against Mariana Cherdivara of Modova in the round of 16.

Earlier, Sakshi had replaced Geeta Phogat in the 58kg category after the veteran wrestler was handed a temporary suspension for forfeiting her bout in the previous qualifying tournament in Mongolia.

India, who have sent their largest-ever contingent of 119 athletes in Rio Olympics, are yet to open their medal account in the ongoing Summer Games. (ANI)