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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.
Congratulations to Anshu Malik for winning the Silver Medal at the World Wrestling Championships in Oslo.
This is a historic win and all of India is extremely proud of your outstanding achievement! Wish you the very best in all your future endeavours.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) October 7, 2021
Meanwhile, another Indian grappler Sarita Mor(59kg) also won a bronze medal for the nation.
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.
— United World Wrestling (@wrestling) October 6, 2021
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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