Anshu Malik bags silver, Sarita Mor wins bronze in World Wrestling Championships

Anshu Malik

Wrestler Anshu Malik on Thursday became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal in World Championships. Anshu settled for silver after losing her 57kg final to 2016 Olympic champion Helen Lousie Marouli in Oslo, Norway.

Coming into the match after becoming India’s first-ever woman finalist at the World Championship, the 19-year old began in an aggressive fashion with positive intent. She led 1-0 at the breather but the bout changed in dramatic fashion in the second. Maroulis got Anshu in her arm grip and pulled her down to complete a take-down move to take a 2-1 lead. She kept Anshu’s right arm under a tight grip and kept twisting to get an ‘exposure’ point, making it 4-1.

Anshu, the reigning Asian Champion, was in terrible pain but the American did not loosen her grip and had Anshu’s back on the mat to win by fall.

Anshu needed medical help immediately after the bout as she was almost in tears.

Nevertheless, it was a heroic performance from the Nidani wrestler, who became the only fifth Indian woman to win a worlds medal and so far the best one.

Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019) have won a bronze each.

Sarita Mor

Sarita Mor, a two-time Asian champion, also won the bronze medal in the women’s 59kg after beating Sweden’s Sara Lindborg 8-2 in the playoff.

Sarita Mor has an impressive run this season, winning gold at the Asian championships in Almaty in April. Earlier in the meet, Sarita stunned defending world champion Linda Morais of Canada en route to the semi-finals.

Anshu and Sarita’s medals on Thursday opened India’s account at the Oslo meet after all the men’s freestyle wrestlers struck out.