Sakshi Malik ended India’s agonising wait for a medal at the Rio Olympics by clinching the Bronze in the 58kg category, pulling off a sensational 8-5 victory over Aisuluu Tynybekova of Kyrgyzstan in the play-off bout. Soon after, in a freewheeling chat with India Today, the 23-year-old wrestler said she was thrilled she could fulfil her biggest dream – to run around with the Indian flag. (Rio Olympics 2016 full coverage)The 23-year-old from Rohtak became only the fourth woman athlete from India to win an Olympic medal as she earned the dramatic win after falling behind 0-5 in the do-or-die bout on day 12. (Also read: Sakshi Malik a reminder of what can happen if you don’t kill a girl child: Virender Sehwag) Sakshi’s victory brought cheers to the Indian contingent that had endured agonising 11 days without a medal. Also read: ‘It took a woman athlete to slap Shobhaa De’. Twitter cheers Sakshi Malik after Bronze medal)Sakshi turned the tables on the Kyrgyzstan wrestler in the dying seconds of the bout as Tynybekova was in complete command in most part of the clash.Boria Majumdar: Your first thoughts after winning India’s first medal at the Rio Games. How did it feel running with the Indian flag?Sakshi Malik: I have been pracitising for 12 years for this moment. I am happy that I realised my dream today.My biggest dream ever was to run with the Indian flag. I could not do it after I won my Commonwealth medal, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity here.advertisementBM: What did you go through the last 10 seconds of your bout?SM: I did not give in during the last 10 seconds. I knew if I managed to hold on, I would be able to win it. It happened in the last few seconds. My mind got diverted after Vinesh Phogat got injured. She is a better contender than me. All the pressure was on me once she got injured and I decided that I would go for the medal with all that I had in me.BM: Were you nervous during the final-second challenge from the opponent?SM: I wasn’t very anxious. The coaches saw everything and told me I would win. They would never go wrong. That challenge did not make any difference. BM: Has the feat started to sink in?SM: It is still sinking in. I will soon realise how hard I have worked to get this medal.BM: You think our wrestlers will win more medals now?SM: This is just the start. Wrestlers will win more medals in Rio.Kuldip Singh, Sakshi Malik’s coach, was elated after his ward created history. Here’s what he had to say:This is a very lucky day. She has won a medal and made us all very happy. I could not stand or sit (during the bout). In the second break, I told Sakhi how to do it but time was running out. But she fought and won.She has the ability to pick up points late in the bout and comeback. But time was running out and her fingers got stuck. She fought well in the end to win it.