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From crisis of confidence to CWG gold, Sakshi Malik turns a corner | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: If she had not topped the wrestling trials for the Commonwealth Games, Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik couldn’t have overcome the ‘crisis of confidence’ she was experiencing during the last two years.
She additionally strongly thought of retirement.
The demons in her thoughts have been comprehensible as she was shedding to her juniors within the home circuit and had not finished a lot of discover since getting that historic bronze in Rio Olympics six years in the past.

The 29-year-old one way or the other managed to beat Sonam Malik to prime the 62kg trials after shedding to the teenager a quantity of instances and made the India squad for the Birmingham Games.
That was the second when Sakshi began to get her confidence again and in addition paved the best way for a gold medal profitable efficiency right here on Friday. Making hand written notes of her ideas after periods with psychologists additionally helped immensely.
“My confidence was down for a while. My coaches told me I was the fittest among seniors and juniors and had all the power.
“I used to marvel what was incorrect with me. Whether it was dangerous luck. I received the trials (in May) and from then I began to really feel assured about my recreation,” said Sakshi after bouncing back from 0-4 to pin Canada’s And Godinez Gonzalez.
She called the gold medal finish her biggest result since the Rio Games.
“I had not received gold in CWG (she had received silver and bronze earlier). I wished to struggle until the top to get that gold. Even once I was 0-4 down, it didn’t hassle me. I had received bouts with seconds left within the Olympics, right here I had three minutes left,” she said referring to her double leg move that settled the contest.
“I’ve been wrestling for 18 years, I can do that in my sleep as nicely. I’m so used to it that it comes subconsciously to me.”
“It’s a form of comeback for me since I had not finished something in final 12 months. Now I really feel I’m strongest in my weight class. In coming instances I’ll compete in Asian Games and check out to win medal,” she said.
‘Crisis of confidence and how she fought it’
With the medal in the bag, Sakshi has managed to turn it around but in February when Jitender Yadav joined as the women’s national coach, she was down in the dumps.
Yadav said self doubt had crept into Sakshi’s mind and she pinned all her hopes on the trials.
“She certainly had a crisis of confidence. It was psychological and nothing else. She thought she was weak and that introduced her confidence down.
“She was not performing even in nationals so there was surely a big crisis. There was also fear of failure.”
Yadav felt she wanted to change her coaching regime.
“She used to train with heavyweight partners, I switched it to lightweight partners to help her movement.
“She is probably the most highly effective among the many lot and most disciplined. Before the trials she mentioned ‘if I do not get chosen I’ll pack my baggage and go dwelling’.
“It was my responsibility to get her out of that zone. I told her ‘you will not go back, you will rather get gold for India’.”
She did preserve the promise.