Everyone’s talking about her. Sakshi Malik has ended India’s agonising wait for an Olympic medal at the Rio Games with a bronze medal in the 58kg category. Wishes have started pouring in from all quarters for the Rohtak wrestler, who also scripted history by becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bag an Olympic medal and only fourth female athlete from the country to climb up the podium at the biggest sporting event.
Sportspersons, politicians and actors took to Twitter to convey their wishes and greetings. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those early to wish her.
“Sakshi Malik creates history! Congratulations to her for the Bronze. The entire nation is rejoicing,” Mr. Modi tweeted.
In another tweet, the Prime Minister said: “On this very auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, Sakshi Malik, a daughter of India, wins a Bronze & makes all of us very proud.”
India’s flagbearer at the Rio Games, Abhinav Bindra thanked her for lifting the country’s spirits.