OSLO: Anshu Malik the 19 year old wrestler created history by becoming the first Indian woman to bag silver in World Championships. She was fighting against Helen Maroulis in women’s 57KG final in Oslo on Thursday.
Anshu defeated junior European champion Solomiia Vynnyk in the semifinal of the 57 Kg category. Set foot in the match after becoming India’s first-ever woman finalist at the World Championship, the 19 year old Anshu began on an aggressive note with positive intention but eventually lost the crest encounter after being pinned.
Anshu led 1-0 at the breather but the situation changed in a dramatic way in the second half of the match. Maroulis got hold on 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 it to get an ‘exposure’ point, making it 4-1. Though Anshu was in terrible pain but she fought till the end. Immediately after the match Anshu needed a medical support. Inspite of that it was a valiant effort by Anshu Malik.
Even after losing her 57kg final to 2016 Olympic champion Helen Lousie Maroulis, Anshu created a remarkable progress in Indian women’s wrestling. Anshu is now reigning Asian Championship. She is also only the sixth Indian ever to make it to the gold match.
Previously Alka Tomar (2006), Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019) have won a bronze medals each in their respective matches.