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CWG 2022 | Sakshi Malik over the moon on winning gold: After Olympics this is my first major medal

Sakshi Malik, who won bronze medal in the 58kg category at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, clinched gold medal in 62kg category at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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Sakshi Malik won her maiden gold medal at the Commonwealth Games
Sakshi Malik won her maiden gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. (PTI Photo)

In Short

  • Sakshi Malik won her maiden gold medal at Commonwealth Games
  • Malik dedicated gold medal to her countrymen for keeping her motivated
  • Malik called CWG gold victory her first major title since 2016 Olympics

By India Today Web Desk: Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik expressed her happiness after winning gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, calling it her first major medal after the 2016 Olympics.

Malik, who won bronze medal in the 58kg category during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, clinched gold medal in 62kg category at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

"I am very happy. After Olympics this is my first major medal," Malik told Aaj Tak after returning from Birmingham on Tuesday. "My game was the first one in which national anthem was played and my dream got fulfilled."

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Malik said that she would like to dedicate the Commonwealth Games gold medal to "entire India because people came there as well as watched me on TV to support." She added: "They all kept me motivated and it is because of them I could win the medal."

The star wrestler got emotional when the national anthem of India was played in Birmingham wrestling arena. Malik, who went through a difficult period after she failed to make it to the Tokyo Olympics and was removed from the Target Olympic Podium (TOPS) scheme, won her maiden CWG gold. She defeated Ana Paula Godinez Gonzalez of Canada in the women's 62kg final.

During the final, Malik trailed 0-4 after Gonzalez scored on a counter-attack. The Indian's right leg attack went wrong as she lost position, allowing the Canadian to complete a take-down move. Gonzalez affected another takedown to go into the break with a 4-0 lead over Malik. However, there was a quick turnaround after the interval as Malik rolled Gonzalez over to the side before pinning her to the mat.