World Wrestling Championships: Anshu bags silver and Sarita bronze

Anshu Malik wins silver while Sarita Mor bags bronze in the Indian women's best show at the World Wresting Championship 2021 held in Oslo, Norway.

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Anshu Malik on Thursday scripted history as she became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a silver medal in the World Championships.

The 20-year-old Anshu began on an aggressive fashion with positive intent but eventually lost the summit clash after being pinned. She lost her final bout 1-4 to two-time Olympic medallist Helen Maroulis at the World Championships in Oslo, Norway. Nevertheless, it was a heroic performance from the Nidani wrestler, who became the only fifth Indian woman to win a world medal and so far the best one.

Meanwhile, another Indian grappler Sarita Mor(59kg) also won a bronze medal for the nation.

Sarita Mor bringing home bronze. Source: Twitter
Sarita Mor bringing home bronze. Source: Twitter

On Wednesday, Anshu had defeated European silver medallist Solomiia Vynnyk of Ukraine in the women’s 57kg semi-finals.

Anshu, a cadet World champion and a junior Worlds silver medallist, was the third Indian to reach the final of the World championships after 2010 champion Sushil Kumar and 2018 silver medallist Bajrang Punia.

Other Indian women grapplers who have won bronze medals in the past are Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019).


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