Sakshi Malik News
Indian wrester Ravi Kumar Dahiya put on a sensational show on Wednesday (August 4) to enter the gold medal final in the 57kg category by defeating Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev in the semifinal. Dahiya became just the second Indian wrester ever to enter the Olympics final after Sushil Kumar back in 2012 London Olympics.
Wrestling as a sporting discipline has been part of the Olympic Games since 1896. Independent India won their first Olympic medal through wrestling with the legendary KD Jadhav winning the men's 57kg freestyle bronze medal in the 1952 Helsinki Games. Since then India have won five Olympic medals through the sport of wrestling. In these collection of pictures, we take a look at history of Indian wrestling at the Olympic Games with the Tokyo Games set to get underway on July 23.
Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik expressed her displeasure at missing out on the Arjuna award this year. Sakshi is the only woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal for the country, a feat she achieved at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Ministry decided against awarding the Arjuna Award to Sakshi as she has already been conferred with the Khel Ratna award.
Grappler Sakshi Malik believes that winning the Arjuna Award is a matter of pride The wrestler already has Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri as a part of her accolades Malik is the only Indian woman wrestler who has managed to win a medal in the Olympics- a bronze medal in 2016 Rio Olympics (58 kg)