Rohtak to Rio : Sakshi Malik

Shakshi Malik is the pride of India. She is Indian freestyle wrestler. Sakshi competes in the 58Kg category in Rio Olympics and scored bronze medal for India. She is the only woman from India who has achieved such a great award in Olympics. She also wins silver in Commonwealth games 2014 and bronze medal in Asian Games.

This journey from Rohtak to Rio took 12 years of great hard work for Sakshi.

Life and Background

Sakshi born on 3rd September 1992 in a very small village of Rohtak district in Haryana, India. Her grandfather was also a wrestler, so wrestling in her blood. Her father is working in Delhi Transport Corporation. Her mother is a government servant.

She starts wrestling at age of 12years under the coaching of Ishwar Dahiya. In starting she has to deal with so much criticism from local in the village and relative, who think wrestling is not for girls and girls are meant to work as home made and care of kids. But with here intense hard work and practice 5 feet 4 inch long Sakshi proves all those people wrong who discourage her allot.


First Time in 2010, Sakshi got a chance to participate in Junior World Championship. She won a bronze medal in 58kg freestyle wrestling. This was the tournament which opens up the doors to Sakshi for grow her career at international level and Sakshi also never look back and again win the Gold medal in Dave Schultz International Tournament under 60Kg category and rest is the history we all know.

Sakshi Malik – Achievements & Awards

Commonwealth games-2014                      : Silver Medal
World Wresting Champioship-2014            : Silver Medal
Asian Wrestling Championship-2015         : Bronze Medal
2016 Rio Olympics                                    : Bronze Medal

  • $370,000 from Haryana Government with land grant.
  • $89,000 from Indian Railways, as her employer.
  • $22,000 from JSW Group.
  • $22,000 from JSW Group.
  • $30,000 from Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.
  • $30,000 from Indian Olympic Association.
  • $1,500 from Salman Khan, for qualifying as an Olympic participant.
  • Promotion from a senior clerk in the Indian Railways to a gazetted officer rank.

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