Sakshi Malik won gold in the womens freestyle 62kg class at the Commonwealth Games . The wrestler is the first woman wrestler to win gold at the Olympics in 2016 .
Sakshi Malik has had a challenging but rewarding sporting career since becoming the first woman wrestler to win gold at the Olympics in 2016 and another gold at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.She won gold in the women's freestyle 62kg class, defeating Ana Gonzalez of Canada in the finals.Winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games is something that I love doing.In a press conference on Saturday, Sakshi explains that I have barely slept since winning, and that congratulations continue to pour in.Par maine haar nahi maani, not scoring a gold in the last few years has been sad.Throughout this period, my family and husband (wrestler Satyawart Kadian) remained strong, and I did not give up until the very end.Did the pandemic affect her training schedule and preparation for the Commonwealth Games?During COVID-induced lockdowns, every athlete faced a variety of challenges. But, Sakshi says, I didn't stop training, I kept at it.Supporters and followers will return to the stands to cheer on wrestlers as the wrestler progresses.Being surrounded by a packed stadium audience calling my name to cheer me on is what motivates me, and their presence helps us, she says.Sakshi will soon begin preparations for the forthcoming Asian Games (in 2023) and the forthcoming Paris Olympics (in 2024). “I will do that first,” Sakshi says, adding that I will stay on and celebrate with the Indian contingent and then go home to celebrate this victory with my family.– Eesha Thorat – Eesha Thorat – Eesha Thorat – Eesha Thorat – Adding: I will continue and celebrate with the Indian contingent and go home.