World Wrestling Championship: India will have to wait for their first women’s world champion in wrestling as young Anshu Malik had to settle for a silver medal after losing to 2016 Olympic champion Helen Lucy Maroli in the 57kg final on Thursday.
19-year-old Anshu, who became India’s first woman wrestler to make it to the finals of the World Championships, started off aggressively and positively. She was leading 1-0 after the second period but Helen dominated the second period. Helen caught Anshu’s hand and then took a 2-1 lead with a takedown move. She did not let go of Anshu’s right hand and went 4-1 ahead with two more points.
Defending Asian champion Anshu looked in pain but the American wrestler didn’t let his grip slackened and won by beating the Indian wrestler. Anshu had to seek medical help immediately after the match and tears were visible in his eyes.
Anshu, however, became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the World Championships and the fifth woman wrestler to win a medal. Earlier, Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019) have won bronze medals at the World Championships.
Divya Kakran (72kg) lost her repechage bout in the morning session. He was defeated by Davanasan Ankh Amar of Mongolia. Greco-Roman wrestlers once again put up a disappointing performance which is not surprising.
Sandeep (55kg), Vikas (72kg), Sajan (77kg) and Harpreet Singh (82kg) bowed out of the competition. Only Sajan managed to win one match while the other three wrestlers lost their first match.
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