What felt like an unending wait for a medal at the Rio Olympics ended late last night when Sakshi Malik bagged a bronze medal after defeating Kyrgyzstan's Aisuluu Tynybekova in women's freestyle 58 Kg wrestling. It was a momentous occasion, not least because the 23-year-old is the first female Indian wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics.
Twitter exploded in joy. From sportspersons and celebrities to actors and politicians, there is no Indian left on Twitter who hasn't congratulated Malik.
Sakshi Malik creates history! Congratulations to her for the Bronze. The entire nation is rejoicing.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2016
On this very auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan, Sakshi Malik, a daughter of India, wins a Bronze & makes all of us very proud. #Rio2016— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2016
#SakshiMalik is a reminder of what cn happn if u don't kill a girl child.When d going gets tough,its our girls who get going &save our pride— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 18, 2016
#SakshiMalik has salvaged the pride of a billion people.This must become the moment when we inspire ourselves to turn Indian sport around— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) August 18, 2016
Bow down to #SakshiMalik 's mother as well,who encouraged her 2 pursue wrestling.Tdy a country of1.25bn is rejoicing— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 18, 2016
What a sweet win for India! On the Rakshabandhan diwas Congratulations #SakshiMalik from all of us.— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 18, 2016
A medal! And a first for a woman wrestler! Hopefully, the first of many. Congratulations to the tough #SakshiMalik— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 18, 2016
And for all the male chauvinists in India, think again. It was a woman who made India look good with its first medal! #SakshiMalik— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) August 18, 2016
Congratulations Sakshi Malik! 1st Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal. Well done. You have done India proud!— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) August 18, 2016
साक्षी मालिक - शाबाश. भारत को तुम पर गर्व है.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 18, 2016
Sakshi Malik - shabash. India is proud of you. #SakshiMalik
Congratulations, Sakshi Malik!