New Delhi: In a ceremonious event at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Thursday, Rio Olympic Bronze medal winner wrestler Sakshi Malik received Padma Shri from President Pranab Mukherjee for her heroics.
Along with her, gymnast Dipa Karmakar was also awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India. Karmakar, hailing from Agartala, missed the bronze medal by 0.150 points as American gymnast Simone Biles won her third gold medal at the Rio Olympics last year.
The 23-year-old had created history when she became the first Indian gymnast to enter the final on her debut at the quadrennial multi-discipline games after finishing eighth in the qualifying round. She had initially come to spotlight after winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, thus becoming the first Indian female gymnast to achieve the feat.
Sakshi Malik , on the other hand, won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category at the 2016 Summer Olympics. With the win, Malik became the first woman wrestler in India to win an Olympic medal and fourth Indian woman athlete to clinch the coveted medal after Karnam Malleshwari, Mary Kom and Saina Nehwal.
Other notable winners of this award were discus thrower Vikas Gowda and Paralympian Mariyappan Thangavelu.