Anshu Malik Loses World Championship Finals, Takes Home Silver

BP World Bureau | Oct 08 2021 10:04:12 AM
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Anshu Malik lost the 57kg final at the World Wrestling Championships to USA’s Helen Louise Maroulis. 

She had made history as the first Indian woman to make it to the finals of the championships and is the first Indian woman to bag a silver medal. 

During the finals, Anshu's injury in the right hand made her unable to resist when Maroulis held her right shoulder.

Sushil Kumar is the only Indian to win a gold medal in the championships, in 2010. 

Since 2016, Anshu is a trainee of SAI national centre of excellence in Lucknow. 

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Indian women have won five bronze medals; Alka Tomar (2006), Geeta and Babita Phogat (both 2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019).

Anshu became the sixth Indian to fight for gold at the world championships after Sushil Kumar (2010), Bishambar Singh (1967), Amit Dahiya (2013), Bajrang Punia (2018) and Deepak Punia (2019) had to settle for silver.

“We all were expecting her to win gold as it’s a long-standing dream of mine, but no worries. It’s just a beginning for her and I am proud of her effort,” said Dharmvir Malik, Anshu's father.