Sakshi Malik said on Wednesday the achievements of Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt in the Olympics motivated her to win a medal at the Rio Games in 2016. Sakshi became India’s first woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal when she defeated reigning Asian champion Aisuluu Tynybekova 8-5 in the 58kg category, despite trailing 5-0 at one stage, in the repechage medal playoff.

“I had been playing sports since I was a child but had little idea about the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games,” Sakshi said.

“It was after I got into wrestling and started winning medals at a junior level that the interest in these events started going up. Later on, as Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt started winning medals including at the Olympics, it served as a huge motivation for me,” Sakshi said during a wrestling session of E-Pathshala, the athlete and coach education programme of the…

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