Indian @Rio Olympic 2016: Sakshi Malik

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Sakshi Malik was born on 3rd September 1992. She is an Indian wrestler. She will be representing India at the Rio Olympic 2016, where she will participate 58 kg category.

She represented India in the women’s freestyle 58 kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in which she won the silver medal. She also represented India in the women’s freestyle 60 kg category at the 2014 World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent.

2014 Commonwealth Games:
Sakshi began her Commonwealth campaign in Glasgow, Scotland with her opening match in the quarter-finals against Edwige Ngono Eyia of Cameroon, beating her 4-0 comfortably. In the semi-finals, Sakshi faced off against Braxton Rei Stone of Canada who put up a tough fight but ultimately the Indian won 3-1 to assure herself of a Commonwealth medal. Her opponent in the final was Aminat Adeniyi of Nigeria who defeated her 4-0 in a closely contested match, awarding Sakshi the silver medal.

2014 World Wrestling Championships:
Sakshi participated in the World Wrestling Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on September 10, 2014. She faced Anta Sambou of Senegal in the Round of 16 and won 4-1 over her opponent. She ultimately crashed out of the tournament, losing 1-3 to Petra Maarit Olli of Finland. Her result was the best on a day when the other three wrestlers crashed out in the opening round itself.

2015 Senior Asian Wrestling Championships:
The Senior Asian Wrestling Championships were held in Doha, Qatar during the month of May. On May 9, 2015, in a total of five rounds in the 60 kg category, Sakshi battled through two rounds to finish in third position and claim a bronze medal. In the first round, Sakshi faced Luo Xiaojuan of China but was beaten 4-5 by Fall Verdict. She came back strongly in the second round to beat Munkhtuya Tungalag of Mongolia 13-0. The third round was lost by Sakshi to Yoshimi Kayama of Japan. She was able to clinch the bronze medal in the fourth round, beating Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan.

Upon returning to her hometown in Haryana, Sakshi was given a hearty welcome at the Chhoturam Stadium along with her coach, Ishwar Dahiya.

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