The country woke up to a stupendous glory this morning. Sakshi Malik finally ends the yearning of all the Indians and gifts the nation with the first ever Olympic medal for the year 2016. It was a spectacular match, and no wonder that it was her determination that paved way for her success. Playing on a 5-0 score against the reigning Asia championship Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the women’s freestyle 58 kg category must have been a real challenge. Malik makes an incredible comeback with her 5-8, claiming the first medal for India and making the country celebrate her victory. When asked about it after the match, the young lady says her hear was echoing that “the medal is mine”. Such an amazing determination. Here we are falling short of words to explain her glory and the spectacular win. Kudos young gal!! You made India proud.
Here the inspiring facts about Sakshi, that everyone must know.
1) Be a pioneer
The 23-year-old from Haryana is the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal and only fourth female athlete from the country to climb to the podium at the biggest sporting event in the world.
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2) Do what you love, Break stereotypes
Being a girl in a country like India where girl child are still not welcomed is by itself a everyday challenge. In addition to that, choosing a sport like wresting is way more of a gutsy decision. In her early years, she had to wrestle boys in the akhara, as she belongs to region where girls don’t wrestle.
She is one such girl who has proved, that gender does not define your goals or passion in any means. If you love what you are doing, just embrace it. No matter what it is.
3) Never Give Up
This trait of Sakshi can be easily studied by the way she tacked her win. When the entire nation had lost hopes that India could claim the Olympic medal for freestyle wresting, it was Sakshi who never gave up. When she hit a disappointing score of 5-o, Sakshi made a spellbound comeback. And in just a matter of seconds she defeated Aisuluu with her outstanding skills, brilliant moves and above all with her never declining determination and belief on herself.
Do not be scared to fall down, but be scared to not stand up. You can never taste success, until you have tasted failure.
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4) Start Early
Sakshi Malik started playing at an young age of 12 years. Sports is not something you can excel at after growing up. Explore as much as you can when you are young. She tasted success at the very young age at the Junior World Championships – 2010 where she won a bronze medal. She also claimed a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship – 2013. At the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, she won a silver medal. She finished in third position at the 2015 Asian Championships in Doha claiming a bronze medal.
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5) Work Hard! Work Hard! Work Hard!
Sakshi’s success is celebrated all across the nation pouring in wishes for her. Every single person is so thrilled and amazed by her super tactic performance during the last few minutes of the game. But Sakshi only knows how much hard work, perseverance, sacrifice and dedication this success needed. Turning emotional after the match she said, “It is the result of her 12 years of persistent hard work, day in and day out.”
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This is the what happens when you transcend everything in this world, including your own limits. Very proud of you Sakshi…Let’s share her fame all across the world.