CWG 2022: Sakshi Malik puts behind Tokyo disappointment to win gold in Commonwealth Games


Rio Olympic medalist and ace wrestler Sakshi Malik defeated Canada’s Ana Gonzalez within the remaining of the Ladies’s Freestyle 62kg to win gold, her third Commonwealth Video games medal on Friday.

The gold medal accomplished Sakshi’s assortment of Video games medals and helped her overcome the frustration of not with the ability to qualify and compete on the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The bout gave the long-lasting Rio Olympics bronze medal bout feels as Sakshi bounced again from behind after trailing 0-4 to pin her opponent.

Sakshi began her marketing campaign in dominant style, defeating England’s 20-year-old Kelsey Barne within the quarterfinal bout. She repeated the identical end result within the semi-final towards Etane Ngolle of Cameroon within the girls’s freestyle to storm her manner into the ultimate.

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It took Sakshi 5 bouts to beat her nemesis — 20-year-old Sonam Malik — in choice trials to earn her place within the 62kg weight class within the nationwide squad for the Birmingham Video games and he or she made certain to transform into her third CWG medal. Sakshi didn’t simply defend anymore on the Commonwealth Video games. She seemed to dominate, rating factors, and end her bouts rapidly.


Sakshi was born on September 3, 1992, within the village of Mokhra within the Rohtak district of Haryana. After watching her grandfather Subir Malik, additionally a wrestler, it was not lengthy earlier than Sakshi Malik was impressed to take up the game that will go on to outline her profession.

At simply 12, she started coaching beneath Ishwar Dahiya and 5 years later, she skilled her first style of success with a silver medal within the 2009 Asian Junior World Championships in 59kg freestyle, which was adopted by a bronze medal on the 2010 World Junior Championships.

After successful bronze on the 2013 Commonwealth Championships, Sakshi Malik contested her first Commonwealth Video games the next 12 months in Glasgow and got here away with a silver medal after stumbling towards Nigeria’s Aminat Adeniyi within the 58kg remaining. She would go on to bag her second and remaining Commonwealth Video games medal in 2018 with a bronze within the 62kg class.

At the moment, Sakshi is part of the JSW Sports activities Excellence Program, together with fellow feminine wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat.

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