Vastavam web: A new defensive technique added to her repertoire, Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik is confident that she would fetch her maiden Commonwealth Games gold medal when she takes the mat in Gold Coast next month.The Rio bronze-winner has tweaked her leg defence on the insistence of her coach Kuldeep Singh Malik, something that has already got her a gold in the Commonwealth Championships in December last year.”I can’t give the details of the techniques. But as I said, I’m looking for a gold medal and more confident now.”
In February this year, a controversial decision in the qualification bout against eventual silver-medallist Luo Xiaojuan of China cost Sakshi a place in the final of the Asian Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.”The target is to win a gold medal for the country in Australia. Preparation going great and I’m giving my 100 per cent, training twice a day,” Sakshi told from SAI Centre in Lucknow.
According to her coach Kuldeep Singh Malik, her leg defence has improved and that will help her hold and attack.”It’s a work in progress till we achieve 100 per cent. It certainly makes a difference not only in defence but in the speed,” the coach said.The wrestler, who competes for Mumbai Maharathi as captain in the Pro Wrestling League, said the experience has been very helpful.
“There’s scope to learn something when we fight against or train with big names from foreign countries. I have improved a lot in my techniques and style due to PWL,” the 25-year-old said.Four years ago at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sakshi, who was competing at the women’s 58kg then, failed to give any challenge to Aminat Adeniyi.But after her historic Rio performance, Sakshi will head to Gold Coast as a strong medal hope.