Our person of the week is Sakshi Malik, who has given India its first medal ever in female wrestling. She has clinched the Bronze in 58 kg category of the women freestyle wrestling at Rio Olympic Games.
Sakshi (23), from Rohtak Haryana, began her training in wrestling at the age of 12 under the guidance of Ishwar Dahiya. By the age of 18, she had tasted victory at junior-level competitions. She won a Bronze at the 2010 Junior World Championships in the 59kg category.
In 2014, she first came to the international limelight after taking the Gold at the Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament (60kg). She also won a Silver in 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, a Bronze in the Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha in 2015 and another Bronze at Spanish Grand Prix in July 2016.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, yesterday announced Rani Lakshmi Bai bravery award for her. “We will honour this daughter of India who has brought glory for the country by winning the first medal at Rio,” said the chief minister.
Uttar Hamara is proud of Sakshi Malik on her incredible feat!