Sakshi does India proud on Day 11 at Rio
When most of India was asleep, one woman gave her all to win India a bronze medal. She created history. She gave a billion people something to cheer about. We present Indian Wrestler Sakshi Malik at her crowning glory.
Women’s 58 kg Freestyle
Watch as the Indian Tricolour unfurled at Rio on Day 11, as Sakshi Malik defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova, who is the reigning Asian champion. Malik lost the quarterfinals to Valeria Koblova of Russia. But she qualified for the repechage round where she defeated Pürevdorjiin Orkhon of Mongolia in her first bout. In the second bout she faced Tynybekova, whom she vanquished 8-5.
— Nikhil Naz (@NikhilNaz) August 17, 2016
Sakshi Malik’s 10 year penance won her the bronze medal and made a billion Indians chant her name.
Malik will go down in history for being the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal in wrestling and the fourth Indian woman to win an Olympic medal. We salute Malik and wish her many more achievements. Keep making India proud!
48 kg Freestyle
Vinesh Phogat sustained a ligament tear during her bout with China’s Sun Yunan. She was well on the way to victory when an injury averted her path. Though she was 1-0, her pain caused her to lose her grip, allowing Yunan to score two points.
The match was immediately stopped to allow medical attention to Vinesh. After the Indian physiotherapist declared that Vinesh will not be able to continue, Sun, who was leading 2-1, was declared the winner by injury.
Another medal hope was Srikanth Kidambi. A top-notch badminton player, he gave a tough fight to the defending champion China’s Lin Dan in the Badminton Men’s Individual event. He went down fighting and we salute his grit and determination.
It was a hard fought win for the Chinese player, as he scored 21-6, 11-21, 21-18 to seal a place in the semi-finals.
Aditi Ashok moved into Round 2 after tying for the seventh position with a score of 68.
PT Usha’s protegee Tintu Luka failed to qualify for the semifinals. 27-year-old Luka clocked a season’s best of 2 minute 00.58 seconds to finish sixth in heat number 3 and 29th overall out of a total 65 runners.
In other news:
- Elaine Thompson is the fastest woman in the world. Scored gold at the 200 m at Olympics last night.
- Jamaican athlete and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt won the Men’s 200 m semifinal event. He ran the distance in 19.78 seconds.
- Brazil will face Germany in the Men’s Football finals. Brazil beat Honduras to make it to the finals.