“Her determination paid off and we were always there to support her. I want to see her winning a gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and we will give her all the support she needs,” Sudesh said.
Sudesh said as parents they feel proud that Sakshi was able to end India’s long medal wait in Rio. “Since 12 days India has not got a single medal and we are proud that she ended the medal quest. When she went to meet the Prime Minister along with other participants in Delhi even the PM told her that you are a wrestler and you will surely get a medal for India,” she said.
“It is a joyous moment for all of us. We are proud of her and can’t express our happiness in words. When she comes to Rohtak I will get her posters displayed all over the city and then I will take her to the village.” Sakshi ended the country’s painful wait for a medal at the Rio Olympic Games last night by clinching the bronze in the 58kg category, pulling off a sensational 8-5 victory over her rival in the play-off bout.
The 23-year-old from Rohtak became only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal as she earned the dramatic win after falling behind 0-5 in the do-or-die bout on day 12. She became the first Indian woman wrestler to have won a medal in the Olympics. Her bronze is the country’s fifth medal overall in the Olympics. PTI
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