Anshu Malik battled Helen Marolis in the women’s 57kg final.© Twitter
India will have to wait for her first female world champion in wrestling as Anshu Malik won the silver medal in her 57kg final on Thursday with 2016 Olympic champion Helen Lucy Mouli. The 19-year-old, who came into the tournament after becoming India’s first female finalist at the World Championships, started aggressively with positive intent. She took a 1-0 lead in the suffocation, but changed dramatically in the second match. Maroulis grabbed Anshu by the arm and pulled her down to take a 2-1 lead. She held Anshu’s right hand tight and twisted to get an ‘exposure’ point, making it 4-1.
Asian champion Anshu was in terrible pain, but the American did not loosen his grip and jumped on Anshu’s back to win the fall.
Anshu almost burst into tears and needed immediate medical attention after the war.
Nevertheless, it was a heroic performance by Nitani the wrestler, the only Indian woman to win a world medal and the best ever.
Geeta Bogat (2012), Babita Bogat (2012), Pooja Danda (2018) and Vinesh Bogat (2019) each won a bronze.
Meanwhile, Divya Kagran (72kg) lost her recycling round in the morning session to Mongolia’s Davanason Enk Amar, as expected, disappointing Greco-Roman wrestlers.
Sandeep (55kg), Vikas (72kg), Sajan (77kg) and Harpreet Singh (82kg) withdrew from the competition.
Sajan won only one match, the other three were their respective openers.
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