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India's chef-de-mission glad as Sakshi Malik ends India's medal drought in Rio

Updated: Aug 18, 2016 10:29 IST      
India's chef-de-mission glad as Sakshi Malik ends India's medal drought in Rio

By Vivek Prabhakar Singh

Rio de Janerio, Aug 18 (ANI): Ecstatic with Sakshi Malik's remarkable feat which ended India's agonising wait for a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics, country's chef-de-mission Rakesh Gupta said he was very proud of the way the freestyle wrestler performed, especially in the last minute of her bout against Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan.

"We are very proud of her and are extremely happy with her victory. We know that it is late but at least we have begun and opened our account on the medal tally," Gupta told ANI.

"I was watching her performance and was disappointed when she lost in the preliminary rounds. We were praying that she wins the gold medal but it did not happen. Especially in the last minute, she came out with a tremendous performance," he added.

Mustafa Ghouse, CEO, JSW Sports, who sponsored Sakshi Malik said, "It's a huge day, we are very happy to be part of Sakshi's journey so far. And it's a big day for India and the entire Olympic contingent."

The 23-year-old Haryana girl clinched the bronze medal in the Women's Freestyle 58kg category with a spirited comeback victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova.

Although Malik was trailing 0-5 against her Kyrgyzstani opponent after the first period, she bounced back in style to hand India its fourth bronze medal in wrestling in the Olympic history.

With the win, she has now become only the fourth Indian woman athlete to win an Olympic medal after Karnam Malleshwari, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.

She has also become the fourth Indian wrestler to win a medal in Olympics after Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav, two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt.(ANI)

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Updated: Jun 24, 2017 05:21 IST     

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Updated: Jun 24, 2017 03:24 IST     

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Updated: Jun 24, 2017 03:10 IST     

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Updated: Jun 24, 2017 02:09 IST     

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Updated: Jun 24, 2017 00:34 IST     

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Updated: Jun 24, 2017 00:30 IST     

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Saina Nehwal crashes out of Australian Open Super Series

Updated: Jun 23, 2017 19:00 IST     

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Updated: Jun 23, 2017 18:29 IST     

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Updated: Jun 23, 2017 16:55 IST     

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Updated: Jun 23, 2017 14:22 IST     

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Updated: Jun 23, 2017 13:54 IST     

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Updated: Jun 23, 2017 13:14 IST     

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