Unstoppable journey of Sakshi Malik from Rohtak to Olympics

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Sakshi Malik is the first Indian woman wrestler who has clinched the first medal for India at the 31st Olympic Games in 2016.

She has made India proud by winning numbers of championships at international level. However, all credit goes to her hard work and dedication that brought her to the level that she has reached today.

Nothing really worthwhile ever comes easy in life, it takes lot of patience and passion.

Early Life and Family Background

Sakshi Malik was born 3rd September 1992 in Rothak district in Haryana. Her father Sukbhir Malik works in Delhi Transportation Corporation as a bus conductor. While her mother Sudesh Malik is a supervisor at a local anganwadi.

Malik got motivated for this unusual passion of wrestling from her grandfather,Badlu Ram who was also a wrestler.
She began her training for wrestling at early age of 12 under a mentor named as Ishwar Dahiya at an akahara in the Chotu Ram Stadium, Rohtak.

At initial stage she faced many difficulties from the locals in the village as they believed that wrestling is not meant for girls. However, she broke this rule and continued to focus on her goals towards her passion.

Personal Life

Presently, Sakhi Malik is working with Indian Railways in the commercial department of its Delhi wing, in the Northern Railway zone. She is also a part of the JSW Sports Excellence Program.

She was promoted from senior clerk to gazetted officer rank after her spectacular performance at Rio, where she bagged bronze Medal.

Last year, Sakshi Malik got engaged with her long time boyfriend wrestler Satyawart Kadian.

Milestones

2010: At the age of 18, she had bagged victory at junior-level competitions by wining Bronze Medal at the 2010 Junior World Championships in the 59-kg category.

2014: Year 2014 proved to be an eventful year for Sakshi Malik as she took two medals home at international level.
She came into limelight at global level, when she clinched Gold medal at the Dave Schultz International Wrestling Tournament in 60-kg category.

In July-August, She clinched silver medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In September, She lost in the Quarterfinal at the World Wrestling Championships in Tashkent. But in the 16 Round she defeated her Senegalese opponent, Anta Sambou by 4-1.

2015: In May, she won the Bronze at Senior Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha.

2016: She showcased her outstanding performance at Rio by winning Bronze in the Summer Olympics Qualifiers, defeating Chinese Lan Zhang in the semifinal, at Istanbul.

In July, she won Bronze at the Spanish Grand Prix in 60-kg category.

With all these triumph she broke the social prejudice of gender discrimination made India Proud.

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