Sakshi Malik says : It was a dream to run with the Indian flag - Olympics 2016

Medallist Sakshi Malik took up sports because she wanted to fly in an airplane.

With this Victory, the 23-year old wrestler has not only fulfilled her own dream, but also cut short India's wait for a medal in Rio Olympics, 2016.

Sakshi Malik bagged the bronze medal at the play-off match in Freestlye 58 kg category last night, defeating Krygysztan's Aisuluu Tynybekova.

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Congratulating Sakshi Malik for opening India's account at the Rio Olympics by winning a bronze, PM Narendra Modi today said the wrestler has earned a new strength and respect for the tricolour.

     "India's daughter Sakshi Malik has earned a new strength and respect for the tricolour on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. I extend my heartiest wishes and congratulations to her," Modi said while laying the foundation stone of the BJP's new office in New Delhi.

      Malik, 23, is the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics. She clinched the bronze medal in the Women's Freestyle 58kg category by beating Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan. 

      Congress president Sonia Gandhi also congratulated the grappler from Haryana, terming it "a moment of pride and honour for India". In a statement, Sonia said Sakshi's extraordinary journey and success is inspiring.

Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar said, "It is a matter of happiness that India's daughter has won a medal for the country."

Khattar's West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter to congratulate. "Whole of India says with you together 'Jai Hind'," Banerjee tweeted this morning.

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