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Wrestler Anshu Malik became the first Indian woman to earn silver at the World Championships on Thursday when she was defeated by Helen Maroulis in the women’s 57kg final in Oslo.
Anshu Malik, a teenage wrestler from India, will have to settle for a silver medal after losing her 57kg final to 2016 Olympic champion Helen Lousie Maroulis in Oslo, Norway on Thursday.
Coming into the match as India’s first-ever women World Championship finalist, the 19-year-old started aggressively and with great intent. She was up 1-0 at the time of the break, but the fight shifted dramatically in the second. Maroulis grabbed Anshu’s arm and pulled her down, completing a take-down move to take a 2-1 lead. She tightened her grasp on Anshu’s right arm and continued twisting to score a ‘exposure’ point, bringing the score to 4-1.
Anshu, who entered the match as India’s first-ever woman finalist at the World Championship. Began aggressively and with strong intent, but finally lost the summit clash after being pinned.
Sushil Kumar (2010) is India’s only world champion wrestler to this day.
Anshu, the defending Asian Champion, was in excruciating pain, but the American refused to let go of her grasp and had Anshu’s back on the mat to win by fall.
Anshu required medical attention immediately following the fight because she was in tears.
Nonetheless, the Nidani wrestler delivered a spectacular performance, becoming the only fifth Indian woman to earn a world championship medal and the best so far.
Bronze medalists include Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018), and Vinesh Phogat (2019).
Meanwhile, Divya Kakran (72kg) lost her repechage round to Mongolia’s Davaanasan Enkh Amar in the morning session, leaving the Greco Roman wrestlers disappointed.
Indian ladies have now surpassed their best-ever performance in the World Championships. When the Phogat sisters won two bronze medals in 2012.
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