Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik dished out a sublime performance at the ongoing Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov 2019 as she quailed for the final of the tournament. What makes her effort a special one is that the Indian wrestler defeated reigning world champion Petra Olli of Finland 4-1 in 65 kg category of women’s event at the Monbat Sports Park Arena in Ruse, Bulgaria.
The 26-year-old wrestler will now take on Sweden's Henna Johansson in the final which is scheduled tomorrow, March 01. Johansson defeated USA’s Maya Nelson to advance to the summit clash. Pro Wrestling League 2019: Sakshi Malik Aims to Silence Critics Through Performances in PWL.
Sakshi will now be eyeing victory in the finals. Last year, she competed in her first Asian Games in Jakarta and lost her bronze medal bout to South Korea's Hang Jungwon. The Indian wrestler at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games won a bronze medal, but the expectations were high from her.
Sakshi Malik knocks out reigning world champion
India's🇮🇳 Sakshi MALIK just upset reigning world champion Petra OLLI (FIN), 4-1. She'll wrestle Sweden's 🇸🇪 Henna JOHANSSON in tomorrow's 65kg finals.
— United World Wrestling (@wrestling) February 28, 2019
The olympic medalist recently credited Pro Wrestling League (PWL) for her development. "From Season 1 onwards, PWL has given me the opportunity to wrestle against top foreign wrestlers, and that has helped me a lot in all major events in my career. Earlier, we got to fight with foreign wrestlers only when we went abroad, but since PWL has happened we have not only got opportunities to wrestle with them but also train with them," she was quoted as saying by IANS.