When wrestler Sakshi Malik opened India’s account with a medal at the Rio Olympic Games by clinching a bronze in the 58kg category, the Twitter world rejoiced at her victory with #SakshiMalik trending throughout the night and this morning as well on Twitter.
The 23-year-old from Rohtak pulled off a sensational 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova in the Play-off bout, becoming only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal.
With over 230,000 Tweets, Twitterati couldn’t stop praising Sakshi for her remarkable feat.
"Sakshi and Dipa made history at the Olympics and fans in India responded with lots of love on Twitter, with more than half a million Tweets about their performances. Both of them used Twitter to share their gratitude, and public leaders to Bollywood actors, journalists to media organisations, athletes to fans followed them immediately after," said Aneesh Madani, Head of Sports Partnerships at Twitter India
Sakshi Malik also took to Twitter to thank her fans for supporting her.
Sakshi Malik's first Tweet:
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Virendra Sehwag's tweet on saluting the woman’s sporting spirit received over 15,500 retweets.