Twenty three-year-old Malik defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova in the 58-kilogram freestyle in a thrilling bout, making a comeback in the final seconds to win 8-5. At one point early in the match she trailed 5 points to none.
After winning, Malik hoisted an Indian flag aloft and jogged around the arena before sinking to the mat in joy. Tynybekova protested a late call and had to be coaxed to the center of the mat to acknowledge the result.
The triumph makes Malik the first Indian to win a medal in women’s wrestling, local media reported.