Malik in 2016
3 September 1992|
Mokhra village, Rohtak district, Haryana, India
|Height||162 cm (5 ft 4 in) (2016)|
|Weight||58 kg (128 lb) (2016)|
|Event(s)||58 kg freestyle|
|Coached by||Ishwar Dahiya, Kuldeep Malik, Kripa Shankar, Manjeet|
Sakshi Malik (born 3 September 1992) is an Indian freestyle wrestler. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category, becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country. She is a part of the JSW Sports Excellence Program, along with fellow female wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat.
Chandgi Ram's daughters, Sonika and Deepika, sowed the seeds of encouraging girls to take up the women's wrestling in the 1990s, his protege Mahavir Singh Phogat's daughters (Phogat sisters) revolutionized wrestling, and then Sakshi Malik won an Olympic medal, which had now led to big change in mentality towards women playing wrestling due to the role of like Master Chandgi Ram and Mahavir Singh Phogat.
Malik was born on 3 September 1992 in Mokhra village of Haryana's Rohtak district to Sukhbir, a bus conductor with Delhi Transport Corporation, and Sudesh Malik, a supervisor at a local health clinic. According to her father, she was motivated to take up wrestling from seeing her grandfather Badlu Ram, who was also a wrestler. She began training in wrestling at the age of 12 under a coach, Ishwar Dahiya, at an Akhara in Chhotu Ram Stadium, Rohtak.
Malik's first success as a professional wrestler in the international arena came in 2010 at the Junior World Championships where she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg freestyle event. At the 2014 Dave Schultz International Tournament, she won gold in the 60 kg category.And after that she never stopped and maintained the passion and dedication towards the game.
Malik began her campaign at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games winning her quarterfinal bout against Edwige Ngono Eyia of Cameroon by a 4–0 margin. In the semifinal, she faced Braxton Stone of Canada whom she defeated 3–1 to assure herself of a medal. Her opponent in the final was Aminat Adeniyi of Nigeria who defeated her 4–0 in a closely contested bout. At the 2014 World Championships in Tashkent, she faced Anta Sambou of Senegal in the Round of 16, and won the bout 4–1. She crashed out of the tournament after a 1–3 loss to Petra Olli of Finland.
At the 2015 Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar, in a total of five rounds in the 60 kg category, Malik battled through two rounds to finish in third position and claim a bronze medal. In the first round, she faced Luo Xiaojuan of China but was beaten 4–5 by fall verdict. She came back strongly in the second round to beat Munkhtuya Tungalag of Mongolia 13–0, before losing in the third round to Yoshimi Kayama of Japan. She was able to clinch the bronze medal in the fourth round, beating Ayaulym Kassymova of Kazakhstan.
Malik qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics by defeating China's Zhang Lan in the semifinal of the 58 kg category at the Olympic World qualifying tournament in May 2016. At the Olympics, she won her Round of 32 bout against Sweden's Johanna Mattsson and Round of 16 bout against Moldova's Mariana Cherdivara. After losing to eventual finalist Valeria Koblova of Russia in the quarterfinal, she qualified for the repechage round where she defeated Pürevdorjiin Orkhon of Mongolia in her first bout. She won the bronze medal after a 8–5 victory over the reigning Asian champion Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan, despite trailing 0–5 at one stage, in the repechage medal playoff, and became India's first female wrestler to win an Olympic medal.
Sakshi Malik represented 'Colors Delhi Sultans' in the second edition of the Pro Wrestling League held in January 2017. She has also been featured in the women's day campaign called as #EveryWomanStrong for her sponsor JSW Group https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCiWrC7g14A 
Malik is currently employed with Indian Railways in the commercial department of its Delhi division, in the Northern Railway zone and is a part of the JSW Sports Excellence Program. Following her bronze medal win at Rio, she was promoted from senior clerk to gazetted officer rank.
In an interview shortly after the Rio Olympics, Malik said she was engaged to be married to a fellow wrestler Satyawart Kadian later in 2016. Satyawart Kadian is also an international level wrestler and has won medals in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.
Sakshi Malik tied the knot with Indian wrestler Satyawart Kadian on April 2, 2017 in Rohtak. Sakshi Malik and Satyawart Kaidan both hail from the same background of wrestling and their marriage was planned in a grand manner. Two-time Olympic medallist, wrestler Sushil Kumar was a guest at the wedding, and other fellow Olympic medal winners players like PV Sindhu, winner of the badminton silver medal at Rio Olympics 2016, were also on the invitation list.
Awards and recognition
- Padma Shri (2017) - fourth highest Indian national honour
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2016) - highest sporting honour of India
- Multiple cash prizes totaling over ₹5.7 crore (US$850,000) from the Indian Railways, the Indian Olympic Association, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the Government of Delhi, various state governments, including Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, from private bodies such as the JSW Group and from political groups including the Indian National Lok Dal.
- Promotion to gazetted officer rank by her employer, the Indian Railways.
- Class 2 job offer from the Government of Haryana.
- 500 yd2 land grant from the Government of Haryana.
- "Sakshi Malik profile — Rio 2016". rio2016.com. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "Commonwealth Championship: Female wrestling Seniors: 2013-12-05 Johannesburg (RSA): 63.0 kg". iat.uni-leipzig.de. United World Wrestling. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "Sakshi Malik wins gold in 62 kg category at Commonwealth Wrestling Championship". Hindustan Times. Press Trust of India (PTI). 17 December 2017. Archived from the original on 26 February 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "World Championship: Female wrestling Juniors: 2010-07-22 Budapest (HUN): 59.0 kg". iat.uni-leipzig.de. United World Wrestling. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
- "Asian Championship: Female wrestling Juniors: 2009-07-09 Manila (PHI): 59.0 kg". iat.uni-leipzig.de. United World Wrestling. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
- "Asian Championship: Female wrestling Juniors: 2012-05-31 Almaty (KAZ): 63.0 kg". iat.uni-leipzig.de. United World Wrestling. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
- "Rio Olympics: Wrestler Sakshi Malik wins India's first medal - bronze in 58kg freestyle". The Times of India. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "Rio 2016: Sakshi Malik, the female wrestler who got India's first medal". BBC. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- JSW Sports Excellence Program, additional.
- "SAKSHI MALIK". Commonwealth Games Federation. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
- "Commonwealth Games 2014: Sakshi Malik Gets Silver in Women's 58kg Freestyle Wrestling". NDTVSports.com. 2014-07-30. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- Women’s wrestling in India: Why Navjot Kaur’s gold medal is a watershed moment, Livemint, 31 march 2018.
- Sharma, Nitin (18 August 2016). "Sakshi Malik has done her village Mokhra and whole India proud: coach Ishwar Singh Dahiya". The Indian Express. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
- ""Beti Khilao" will become a reality : Sakshi's mom". Times of India. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "Sakshi Malik: All you need to know about winner of India's first medal at Rio". Business Standard. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "I would like others to take inspiration from her, says Sakshi's father". The Hindu. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "Sakshi Malik: From Rohtak to Rio". The Hindu. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "Glasgow 2014 - Sakshi Malik Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. 2015-07-30. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- "Sakshi Malik exits in quarterfinal of Freestyle women's 60kg on Day 3 of Wrestling World Championships at Tashkent - India at Sports". India at Sports. 2014-09-10. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- "Sakshi, Lalita win bronze in Asian Wrestling Championship - Times of India". The Times of India. 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2015-10-27.
- Biswal, Sattwik (7 May 2016). "Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik grab Rio 2016 berths". India Today. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "Sakshi Malik wins bronze medal in women's wrestling 58kg category, opens India's account at Rio 2016 Olympics". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "Sakshi Malik to be Promoted as Gazetted Railway Officer". NDTV.com. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
- "Sakshi Malik to receive Rs 60 lakh from Indian Railways for her Bronze medal win at Rio 2016 Olympics". The Indian Express. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "This is the result of over 10 years of hard work: Sakshi Malik after bronze". Hindustan Times. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
- "Girl with dream to wrestle". The Calcutta Telegraph. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
- "Sakshi Malik appointed wrestling director of Rohtak university". The Indian Express. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
- "Wedding bells for Sakshi after Olympic high, to tie the knot with wrestler Satyawart". India Today. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
- "Ministry of Home Affairs: Padma Awards 2017" (PDF). mha.nic.in. Retrieved 25 January 2017.[permanent dead link]
- "P.V Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar to get Khel Ratna; Ajinkya Rahane named for Arjuna Award". The Indian Express. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- "PV Sindhu to receive Rs 2 crore from Delhi government". The Indian Express. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
- "Sakshi Malik awarded Rs 2.5 crore by Haryana government". The Indian Express. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "MP to give Rs 25 lakh to Sakshi, offers training to Deepa". Business Standard. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- "Sakshi Malik set to get richer by at least Rs 2.5 crore after bronze medal at Rio 2016 Olympics". The Indian Express. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- "Haryana opens arms and wallet for Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik". The Hindustan Times. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.