India’s run at the Rio 2016 games haven’t been good so far as most of the medal hopefuls were out of the competition. Be it the flag bearer Abhinav Bindra who missed by a whisker or the tennis duo of Leander Paes and Bopanna who lost miserably, nothing has gone right for India. But we never lost hope and continued to support and cheer our khiladis and it finally paid off and that too in great style ! Sakshi Malik, wins the first medal for India at Rio 2016 and opens our Medal account in the last leg of the Olympic games. All of India woke up to the new of Sakshi winning the Bronze and none of us could have asked for a better motivation to start our day.
Sakshi Malik, participated in the 58Kg freestyle wrestling event. She was the lone Indian in the category but had a company in the 48Kg category where Vinesh Phogat took part. It was very unfortunate for Phogat to lose out with a broken leg, a worst nightmare for an athlete. The Chinese literally sat on her leg and twisted and what followed wasn’t a good sight. I’m quite sure none of us, even Sakshi wouldn’t have liked what happened to Phogat and thus this win couldn’t have come at a better time. A win dedicated to Phogat.
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I haven’t followed many of her matches, but from what I’ve seen she has the ability to make a comeback at crucial moments of the game. Most of her matches, she was trailing by a fair margin with just a few seconds left on the clock. But thanks to her determination, she came back strongly each and every time to score big. From trailing 0-3 to leading 5-3 is surely an achievement. Even in the bronze medal match, she was trailing 5 points but she came back hard and produced moves when they mattered and going on to win the first medal for India at the Olympics.
Twitter too went berserk after Sakshi’s win and here are some super awesome tweets celebrating her win
A medal! And a first for a woman wrestler! Hopefully, the first of many. Congratulations to the tough #SakshiMalik
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 18, 2016
— Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) August 18, 2016
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 18, 2016
#SakshiMalik is a reminder of what cn happn if u don’t kill a girl child.When d going gets tough,its our girls who get going &save our pride
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 18, 2016
Sakshi Malik creates history! Congratulations to her for the Bronze. The entire nation is rejoicing.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2016
Rising Stars at Rio 2016
This Olympics haven’t been a great one for India in terms of the medal tally. But we have seen some new faces – rising stars – who have won our hearts. Be it the pliant Dipa Karmakar, the firm Dattu Bhokanal or our champion Sakshi Malik. The stories of these athletes highlight the sorry state of Indian sports. Imagine if India spent more on sports and didn’t mix politics with it, we would have surely got a lot of medals. I wouldn’t be wrong in saying that this Olympics belonged to the women of India.
I would like to end by a quote “Samosa can be without Aloo in India, but nothing can be free of Politics…” Please for the sake of India’s pride, stop mixing politics in everything and see India flourish.
So go ahead, share this post, spread happiness and enjoy the sweet taste of victory !