Rio Olympics gold medallist Sakshi Malik settled for a silver medal in 65 kg category at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov wrestling in Ruse, Bulgaria.
In the final, Malik lost to Henna Johansson of Sweden. Facing Henna Johansson of Sweden, Sarita Malik was beaten to 3-8. Besides the silver medal, Malik will also take back some confidence after beating reigning World and European Champion Petra Olli of Finland in the semifinals.
“The win over World Champion Olli has given me a lot of confidence and will keep me in good stead for the upcoming Asian Championships,” said Malik. What was notable of her feat in Bulgaria was that she competed in a category higher than her usual 62 kg. “From here we have trials in India for the Asian Championships and then another event in USA so to lose weight thrice in one month or so would affect my performance as there would be lot of diet control and that affects training too,” explained Sakshi.
With an eye on Tokyo Olympics, Malik said performing at tournaments leading to World Championships in 2019 would help her secure a berth at 2020 Games. "I want to seal my berth for Tokyo at the World Championships in September 2019, and performing at such tournaments will help me a lot," said Malik.