Anshu Malik creates history, becomes first female wrestler to win silver in World Championship

Anshu Malik

Anshu Malik

India will have to wait for their first women's world champion in wrestling as young Anshu Malik lost to 2016 Olympic champion Helen Lucie Maroli in the 57kg final in Oslo, Norway on Thursday.  However, 19-year-old Anshu Malik has become the first woman wrestler from the country to win a silver medal at the World Championships.

 Anshu is the first female wrestler from India to make it to the finals of the World Championships.  Anshu Malik is the third Indian to reach the World Championship finals.  Before him, Sushil Kumar and Bajrang Punia have done wonders of playing the final of the World Championship.  However, only Sushil Kumar could win the gold medal.

Anshu Malik is the fifth female wrestler to win a medal at the World Championships.  Before her, 4 women wrestlers from India have been successful in winning bronze medals in the World Championships.  Geeta Phogat won the bronze in 2012 (55kg), Babita Phogat in 2012 (51kg), Pooja Dhanda in 2018 (57kg) and Vinesh Phogat (53kg) in 2019.

 On the other hand, in the 59kg weight category, India's Sarita Mor bagged her first medal at the big stage by winning a bronze.  Sarita ended her World Championships medal drought with an 8-2 win over Sweden's Sarah Johanna Lindborg in the bronze playoff.

This is the best performance of Indian women so far at the World Championships.  India has won one silver and one bronze medal in this championship.  Earlier in the year 2012, Geeta and Babita had won only two medals, but both were bronze medals.

Anshu made an aggressive and positive start against Helen Lucy Maroli of America in the final.  She was leading 1-0 after the second period, but Helen dominated the second period.  Helen grabbed Anshu's hand and then made a 2-1 lead with a takedown move.  She did not let go of Anshu's right hand and went 4-1 with two more points.

Asian champion Anshu looked in pain but the American wrestler didn't let her grip weaken.  He won by beating the Indian wrestler.  Anshu had to seek medical help immediately after the match.  Tears were visible in his eyes.

Earlier, Divya Kakran (72kg) lost her repechage bout in the morning session.  He was defeated by Dawanasan Ankh Amar of Mongolia.  Greco-Roman wrestlers once again put up a disappointing performance that's not surprising

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