Anshu Malik created a history on Wednesday as she became the first Indian woman wrestler to reach the World Championship final. She reached the finals by outclassing junior European champion Solomiia Vynnyk but Sarita Mor lost her semifinal. Now, she will fight for the bronze medal in Oslo.
19-year old Anshu was ruling the Asian championship semifinals from the start and won by technical superiority in the 57 kg category. With this win, she made a space for her in the history books. Also, with this, she has ensured one medal for India in the ongoing tournament.
Till this date, only four Indian women have managed to have won medals at the World level – Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019). All four of them have won bronze medals.
Not only this but Anshu also became the sixth Indian ever to make it to the World's gold medal match after Bishambar Singh (1967), Sushil Kumar (2010), Amit Dahiya (2013), Bajrang Punia (2018) and Deepak Punia (2019).
Anshu was very clever with her moves. She made take-down moves from the left of Vynnyk at least thrice and finished with an exposure move.
She was extremely delighted after she reached the finals and said to a leading daily that “It's extremely satisfying. I am so happy. It feels so good. What I could not do at the Tokyo Games I did that here. I fought each and every bout as my last bout.“
“The month after the Tokyo Games was very tough. I could not perform as I had wanted at the Games. I suffered an injury (elbow) and can't explain how much pain I endured one month before the World championship,” she added.
Anshu Malik Personal Life
Like most sports people, she also comes from a family of wrestlers. Her father, Dharamvir Malik was an international wrestler himself and worked with the CISF. She trains under coach Jagdeesh at the Choudhary Bharat Singh Memorial Sports School, Nidani.
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Anshu Malik Career
Before this big win, Anshu won gold in the 60 kg category of the Cadet Wrestling Championships. In 2020, she also won a bronze medal in the 57 kg event at the 2020 Asian Wrestling Championships held in New Delhi, India. Also in the year 2020, she won the silver medal in the women’s 57 kg event at the 2020 Individual Wrestling World Cup in Belgrade, Serbia.
In Asian Wrestling Championships 2021, she won a gold medal along with the likes of Vinesh Phogat and Divya Kakran.