Ugly Moment In Sakshi Malik Match : See How Sakshi Changed The Scoreline From 0-5 To 8-5
India’s agonizing wait to bag its first medal at the Rio Olympics finally came to an end when Sakshi Malik won the bronze medal in the 58-kg category of Women’s Freestyle Wrestling after pulling off a sensational 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova in the playoff bout.
The 23-year-old wrestler became only the fourth Indian woman to win an Olympic medal after weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari (2000, Sydney), boxer MC Mary Kom (2012, London) and shuttler Saina Nehwal (2012, London).
Now some fans are still confused that how did she manage to win the medal despite losing her quarterfinal bout against Russian Valeria Koblova, then the explanation for the same is that the Repechage system rule of wrestling helped Sakshi clinch the bronze medal. Yogeshwar Dutt too won the bronze medal in London 2012 in a similar fashion after crashing out in the knockout round.
The repechage is a format, which gives the wrestlers who are beaten in the early stages, a chance to bounce back.
Wrestlers who have been defeated by the two eventual finalists during the knockouts, participate in the repechage rounds. Two bronze medals, one for each finalist’s best opponent, are up for grabs.
The competitors, who lost to the eventual finalists, form two separate groups and they fight it out for the bronze medals. The loser from the first round plays the loser from the second round, and the winner of this faces the loser of the next round. In this manner, there emerges a winner of each repechage bracket, and they are awarded bronze medals.