Sakshi Malik Wrestler – Family, Career & Achievements

Sakshi Malik, age 26 (as on published date) is an Indian freestyle wrestler. Malik became the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal (Bronze) at the Olympics (2016) and the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country. Sakshi Malik married Indian wrestler Satyawart Kadian on April 2, 2017, in Rohtak. She is a member of the JSW Sports Excellence Program, along with fellow female wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat.

Medal Record

Gold – 3
Silver – 3
Bronze – 4

Early Life & Family

Sakshi was born on 3 September 1992 in Mokhra village of Haryana’s Rohtak district. Her father is a bus conductor with Delhi Transport Corporation, and Mother Sudesh Malik, a supervisor at a local health clinic. She was motivated by her grandfather Badlu Ram, who was also a wrestler.

Sakshi Malik Family & Relatives

Sakshi Malik Family & Relatives

At the age of 12, she began her training under coach, Ishwar Dahiya, at an akhara in Chhotu Ram Stadium, Rohtak.

Sakshi Malik Coach (Kuldeep Singh)

sakshi malik with coach

Physical Status

Height – 5.4″ (162 cm)
Weight – 58 kgs

Personal Life

Malik is currently employed with Indian Railways in the commercial department of its Delhi division, in the Northern Railway zone. After her bronze medal win at Rio, she was raised by the senior clerk to gazetted officer rank.
Sakshi has completed a master’s degree in physical education from Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak. In September 2016, she was appointed as the university’s wrestling director.

Sakshi Malik Receiving Padmasri Award

Sakshi Malik Padmasri

Husband – Satyawart Kadian (Wrestler)

Sakshi Malik Marriage

sakshi malik wedding


In 2009-10 Malik Won Her First Ever Medal (silver) in Asian Junior Championship.

Malik’s first success as a professional wrestler in the international platform came in 2010 at the Junior World Championships where she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg freestyle event.


Malik began her campaign at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games winning her quarterfinal bout against Cameroon wrestler by a 4–0 margin.

sakshi fight

In the semifinal, she faced Braxton Stone of Canada whom she defeated 3–1 to assure herself of a medal.
She lost in Finals against Nigeria who defeated her 4–0 in a closely contested bout.


At the 2015 Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar, in the 60 kg category, Malik finished in the third position and clinched a bronze medal.


Malik qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics by defeating China’s Zhang Lan in the semifinal of the 58 kg category at the Olympic World qualifying tournament in May 2016.

Women's 58 kg Medal Winners

At the Olympics, she won her Round of 32 and Round of 16 bouts. After losing to the eventual finalist of Russian in the quarterfinal, she qualified for the repechage round where she defeated Mongolia wrestler in her first bout.

Sakhi Malik Bout in Rio Olympics

sakhi malik Bout in Rio

She won the bronze medal after an 8–5 victory over reigning Kyrgyzstan, despite trailing 0–5 at one stage, in the repechage medal playoff, and became India’s first female wrestler to win an Olympic medal.

sakshi winning Bronze at Rio Olympics (2016)

sakshi winning Bronze at Rio Olympics


Sakshi Malik represented ‘Colors Delhi Sultans’ in the second edition of the Pro Wrestling League held in January 2017. She has also been Part of the women’s day campaign called as #EveryWomanStrong for her sponsor JSW Group

Geeta Phogat and Sakshi Malik Bout in PWL

Geeta Phogat and Sakshi Malik bout

Awards and recognition

* Padma Shri (2017) – fourth highest Indian national honour
* Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2016) – the highest sporting honour
of India
* Promotion to gazetted officer rank by her employer, the Indian
* Class 2 job offer from the Government of Haryana.
* 500 yd2 land grant from the Government of Haryana.

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