For Sakshi, who has been fighting for relevance for a while, it was the perfect chance to regain her confidence, and she made the most of it by earning her first CWG gold in the 62kg competition.
She started out by pinning the wrestler for the home side, Kelsey Barnes, and then defeated Berthe Emilienne of Cameroon using technical superiority.
Sakshi fell behind 0-4 in the championship match against Ana Paula Godinez Gonzalez after the Canadian scored off a counterattack. Due to her loss of position, Sakshi’s right leg strike failed, allowing her opponent to successfully execute a takedown.
The U-23 World champion scored another takedown to lead 4-0 at the half.
Sakshi, who has recently been shown giving in to pressure, bucked the pattern this time by launching a right leg attack to pin the Canadian to the ground.
She then used her position of authority to pin Gonzalez, sensationally turning the tables on her opponent.
She had won a silver at the Glasgow Games in 2014 and a bronze in 2018 at the Gold Coast.