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At last wrestler Sakshi Malik gets the first medal for India at Rio Olympics
Haryana wrestler Sakshi Malik has walked into history books by not only winning the first medal for her country at the Rio Olympics but also by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal.

On Thursday Sakshi beat Kyrgyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in a thrilling match to win a bronze medal in the women's 58 kg freestyle event.

However, her win did not come so easily and the bronze medal looked out of her grasp at the end of the first period, as she trailed by 0-5. Her opponent Tynybekova looked in total control of the game. But, the gritty wrestler held on and didn't give up.

Sakshi said, "I have seen the game changing in last two seconds, so I thought to myself why not in 10 seconds. Tried my best and did it."

Sakshi managed to turn around things just under two minutes. She managed to floor her opponent twice within a matter of seconds ensuring that her opponent led by just a point. Sakshi's aggressive attitude rattled her opponent, making her go on the defensive. Sakshi smelled blood and went for the final kill.

Just a couple of seconds left for the buzzer to go, Sakshi pinned down her opponent again by grabbing her leg, gaining two more crucial points in the process.

Her opponent's coaching team called for a review, but the ruling went in Sakshi's favour, giving her another point, further extending her lead to 8-5. Sakshi jumped in the air to celebrate her victory. India's wait was finally over at the Rio Olympics after 11 days.  

Wishes and congratulatory messages poured in for the 23-year old Rohtak-born wrestler on social media after her historic win. The first tweet came from PM Modi.

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