Bronze medallist from the Rio Olympics, Sakshi Malik has upped her game to bag the silver medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships. Vignesh Phogat also bagged silver. So, it was the Phogats ruling at the event. The event was held at the KD Jadhav Stadium in New Delhi. Sae Nanjo of Japan won gold in the 55kg category after beating Vinesh 8-4 and Sakshi, India’s bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics, lost to another Japanese in Risako Kawai by technical superiority (10-0).

She was not at her best as she looked a little out of touch as she went down to the Rio Games gold medallist in 63kg category Kawai 10-0 in just 2 minutes and 44 seconds. Malik was initially enrolled for the 58kg category but was a kilo overweight which compelled the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to move her into the 60kg category. And then to win a silver is no mean joke.

Sakshi became the toast of the nation last year when she bagged the bronze medal and made the nation proud. Soon she got married to a fellow-wrestler she had been dating, later that year. She in the process also created history by becoming the first Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal — with a bronze — last year.