This is Sakshi’s first gold medal in Commonwealth Games. Earlier, she has won silver in 2014 and bronze in 2018.
Sakshi Malik won the first Commonwealth Gold Medal. (File Pic)
Sakshi Malik won the gold medal in the women’s 62 kg category at the Commonwealth Games being played in Birmingham on Friday. Sakshi defeated Ana Gonzalez of Canada in the final. This is Sakshi’s first gold medal in Commonwealth Games. Sakshi won silver in the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow 2014. In 2018, Sakshi won bronze in Gold Coast.
Sakshi started well but fell a bit loose, which was taken advantage of by the Canadian player and took two points by taking down Sakshi. Here Sakshi got entangled in her own bet and gave points. After some time, Sakshi again got caught in the screw of Gonzalez and then lost two points from the takedown. The first round went to the Canadian player and she led 4-0.
SAKSHI WINS GOLD
Rio Olympics medalist @SakshiMalik (W-62kg) upgrades her 2018 CWG to🥇 at @birminghamc22
What a Comeback VICTORY BY FALL
With this Sakshi wins her 3rd consecutive medal at #CommonwealthGames
Medal in all 3️⃣colors#Cheer4India
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return of witness
Sakshi showed a strong game as soon as she came in the second round and took two points from the takedown and then won the gold by pinning. Seeing the way Sakshi was on the back foot in the first round, it did not seem that she would be able to win, but as soon as she came in the second round, she showed her strength and defeated Anna in a few seconds. This was similar to the way Sakshi had put a bronze medal in India’s bag at the Rio Olympics-2016 by placing five points at the last minute. Sakshi did such a feat in this match itself and in a few seconds, leaving behind the defeat, won.
such a journey
Olympic bronze medalist Sakshi Malik reached the final with a 10-0 technical superiority win over Cameroon’s Berthe Emiliene Itane Ngole in the last four. Earlier, Sakshi also won the quarterfinals by technical superiority. She defeated Kelsey Barnes of hosts England in this opening match.