Dream of winning gold in Commonwealth Games fulfilled, says India wrestler Sakshi Malik


Star Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik said she was extremely happy after fulfilling her dream of winning gold in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Friday. Sakshi, who seemed to have gone off the boil after her success in the Rio Olympics, missing some events and getting upstaged by younger opponents, made a brilliant comeback both in her bout on Friday and her career as she stomped her authority.

In the final against Ana Paula Godinez Gonzalez, Sakshi trailed 0-4 after the Canadian scored on a counter-attack. Sakshi’s right leg attack went wrong as she lost position, allowing her rival to complete a take-down move. The U-23 World champion affected another takedown to go into the break with a 4-0 lead.

Sakshi, who, of late, has been seen succumbing to pressure, reversed the trend this time as she initiated a right leg attack to throw the Canadian on the mat.

From there, she used power to pin Gonzalez, turning the table on her rival in a sensational manner. She won a bronze in 2018 at the Gold Coast and a silver at the 2014 Glasgow Games.

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“I won silver and bronze in the Commonwealth Games. That’s why I had made up my mind that this time I had to take the gold. I had won CWG medals but wanted to win gold. And my dream of winning gold was fulfilled. I am very happy,” Sakshi told India Today in an exclusive interview.

Sakshi thanked the Birmingham crowd for exceptional support after winning the gold medal in the women’s 62 kg category, saying that the loud cheers from the fans motivated her and will become a lifetime memory for her.

“The crowd support in Birmingham has become a lifetime memory for me. The loud cheers of Sakshi and Sakshi gave me goosebumps and motivated me even when I was 4-0 down. I felt that my countrymen were not willing to lose. Then how could I lose? So I made a comeback.

“It takes time to read the match. In the final, I lost two points at first, but I made sure that I would give my best as there was time left. Even though I was resting, I had this thought that I could attack and that is what happened.

“My parents and my husband have always been with me, supported me even when I was losing. They used to tell me that my form would return. My husband told me during the CWG trials that he would pray to god that I get selected for the Games and that is what happened,” Sakshi added.

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