Wrestler Malik wins first Rio medal for India - Emirates24|7

Wrestler Malik wins first Rio medal for India

India's Sakshi Malik celebrates after winning against Kirghyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova in their women's 58kg freestyle bronze medal match on August 17, 2016, during the wrestling event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP)

Sakshi Malik snared India's first medal of the Rio Olympics on Wednesday when she claimed bronze in the women's freestyle wrestling 58kg category.

Malik defeated Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan 3-1 in one of two bronze medal matches.

An overview shows India's Sakshi Malik (red) wrestling with Kirghyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova in their women's 58kg freestyle bronze medal match on August 17, 2016, during the wrestling event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro.  (AFP)

"It's my dream of 12 years come true, I'm so happy," Malik said. "It's a very pressurised match because it's a medal match - very, very pressurised.

"I was very confident I would win."

India's bronze medallist Sakshi Malik stands on the podium at the end of the women's 58kg freestyle wrestling event at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016, during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (AFP)

India's Sakshi Malik celebrates after winning against Kirghyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova in their women's 58kg freestyle bronze medal match on August 17, 2016, during the wrestling event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP)

 

 

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