Athletes work hard so that they could win on the world stage. It is only them who know about the struggle that their sport requires. It is often that the years of struggle and heartbreak spill over in the form of relief when they get what they worked for.
Something like this happened with India Wrestler Sakshi Malik too. In what was a very emotional moment for the star wrestler, she could not hold back her tears as the Indian flag was being lifted up with National Anthem playing in the background.
Gold Medalist Sakshi Malik got emotional during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/dvSJr3qxs7
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The whole stadium as well as fans watching on TV could feel the pain and relief of winning a Gold at the Commonwealth Games.
“This time I just wanted to win gold. I gave my best and I am very happy. I got emotional when the national anthem was played after my win,” said an emotional Sakshi Malik after winning Gold at the Commonwealth Games.
In the final of the Women’s 62kg Freestyle, Malik defeated Canada’s Gonzales with a pinfall to win Gold. Malik was earlier trailing 0-4 but made a great comeback by pinning her opponent to the match.
This was the first Gold for Sakshi Malik in the Commonwealth Games. Earlier she had won silver at the 2014 Glasgow Games before she won Bronze at the 2018 Gold Coast Games.
The star wrestler had not lost any bout till now. In the quarterfinals, Malik defeated Kelsey Barnes of England by 10-0 to enter the semi-finals. Her semifinal bout was a whitewash as she dominated Etane Ngolle of Cameroon 10-0 on the basis of technical superiority.
India moves to fifth on the Medals Tally
With her Gold, India have moved on to fifth on the medals tally with 26 medals in total. India has so far won nine Gold medals, eight silver and nine bronze medals. Weightlifting and Wrestling have brought their Gold medals each. Weightlifting also has three silver medals meanwhile wrestling has one.
The other three Gold medals have come in Lawn Bowls, Tabel Tennis and Para Powerlifting. Australia with a total of 140 medals sit comfortably on top. England with a total of 131 medals are second. Canada with 67 medals sit third.
There are just two more days of events left in Commonwealth Games 2022, before its culmination.