Sonam Malik is an Indian woman wrestler born on 15th April 2002. She hails from Madina village of Sonipat district Haryana. She represents India internationally in the 62kg category.
Sonam Malik- Early Life, Family & Background
Sonam Malik was born to Rajinder Malik and Meena Malik. Her father is a former wrestler who grappled in local tournaments. Sonam has a cousin who is a local wrestler.
Sonam was inspired to take up wrestling by her father, Rajinder, and her cousin. They had an influence on her decision to pursue the sport. She enrolled at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Sports Complex, where she received her training from coach Ajmer Malik. Initially, Sonam used to practice wrestling on the ground due to lack of proper infrastructure, and also the academy didn’t have mats to practice. She’d even practiced on the road in case the ground gets muddy due to rain.
Apart from her wrestling career, Sonam is a student of Jat College in Rohtak, where she’s currently pursuing her degree in Bachelor of Arts.
Sonam Malik Biography
At a young age, Sonam Malik had shown her potential as a wrestler. Under the tutelage of Ajmer Malik, her wrestling career began taking shape. She had taken part in several junior district and state competitions and won medals for her state.
In 2016, Sonam won her first national Gold medal at the National School Games. The following year, she bagged the Silver medal at the Cadet National Wrestling Championship. In 2019, Sonam claimed the Gold medal at the All-India Inter-University Wrestling Freestyle Women Championship in Bhiwani, Haryana.
In January 2021, Sonam won her maiden senior national title in the 62 kg category by defeating Olympic Bronze-medalist Sakshi Malik at the Senior Women National Wrestling Championships in Agra.
Sonam Malik Achievements
Sonam Malik received her international career breakthrough in 2017 when she won the Gold medal in World School Games. That year, she won the Bronze medal at the Cadet Asian Wrestling Championship, which was followed by the biggest achievement of her career, a Gold medal in the Cadet World Wrestling Championship.
In 2018, Sonam settled for the Bronze medal at the Cadet Asian Wrestling Championship. Later that year, she failed to defend her World Cadet Gold medal as she settled for a Bronze medal after losing the semi-final bout. The following year, after winning two consecutive Bronze medals at the Cadet Asian Wrestling Championship, Sonam bagged the Silver medal at the tournament. This was followed by her second Gold medal at the Cadet World Wrestling Championship.
In April 2021, Sonam created history by becoming the youngest woman wrestler from India to qualify for the Olympics at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. She booked her Olympic berth in the 62 kg category after reaching the final at the Asian Olympic Qualifier tournament.