After winning India’s first medal (bronze) here at the Rio Olympics, woman wrestler Sakshi Malik said it was the result of her 12 years of hard work.
“Meri 12 saal ki tapasya safal hui (My 12 years’ of hard work have borne fruit),” a beaming Sakshi said.
“Aakhir tak dimag mein tha medal tera hai”
(till the last moment, my heart said the medal was mine),” an elated Sakshi told NBT after the medal ceremony.
The 23-year-old from Rohtak, who became only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal, said she was pretty sure of winning a medal at Rio Olympics if she does play continuously for six months.
“Six months khel le medal tera hai,”
added an emotional Sakshi after scripting history by winning an Olympic medal.
Before her, weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London) and shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London) were the only other Indian women athletes who have won a medal in Olympics.
The 23-year-old went through five gruelling matches in one day to open India’s medal account in Rio in her bronze medal match, the silver medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games made a sensational comeback after being 0-5 down in the first period to win 8-5 against Kyrgysztan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova.