Sakshi won the gold in one shot, cried on reaching the podium
On the eighth day of the Commonwealth Games 2022 (August 5), India performed brilliantly, winning six medals, including three gold. The special thing is that all these six medals have come in wrestling. Meanwhile, female wrestler Sakshi Malik managed to win the gold. Sakshi Malik defeated Ana Godinez Gonzalez of Canada 4-4 in a by-fall in the women’s 62kg final.
Gold medal won in one round
In the first round against Sakshi, Ana González took a 4–0 lead with two takedowns and two points. In such a situation, it seemed that the match could slip from the hands of Sakshi Malik. But 29-year-old Sakshi took two points in the beginning with a takedown in the second half and then pinned Canada to win the gold medal by placing the best bet.
After winning the gold, Sakshi Malik could not control her emotions and reached the podium and wept bitterly during the medal ceremony. This is Sakshi Malik’s first gold medal in Commonwealth Games. Earlier she has won silver and bronze medals in Commonwealth Games. Sakshi Malik defeated England’s Kelsey Barnes in the quarter-finals and Etienne Ngole of Cameroon 10-0 in the semi-finals to enter the final.
the performance was great
Sakshi Malik inherited wrestling as her grandfather Badlu Ram was a famous wrestler. At the age of 12, Sakshi started going to the gym to learn wrestling. Sakshi Malik participated in the Asian Junior Championships at the age of 17. Then in the year 2009, Sakshi won her first international medal by winning a silver medal in the Asian Junior Championships. After this, Sakshi performed brilliantly in the 2010 World Junior Championships and won the bronze medal. Later Sakshi also won the gold medal in the Asian Junior Championships in 2012.
History made in Rio
In the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sakshi defeated Swedish wrestler Malin Johanna Matsson 5-4 in the first qualification round. Then in the round of 16 she defeated Mariana Cherdivara of Moldova on technical points. Sakshi was defeated by Valeria Koblova of Russia 9-2 in a one-sided match in the quarterfinals. Later, with Koblova reaching the final match, Sakshi got a chance to play repechage where she managed to win a bronze medal. Sakshi is the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics.