On Wednesday October 6, Anshu Malik from Haryana made history by becoming the first Indian wrestler to reach the final of the World Championships. The 19-year-old qualified for the gold medal match after beating Ukraine’s Solomiia Vynnyk 11-0 in the penultimate match of the competition in Oslo. Malik won the match in the 57 kg category based on his technical superiority. No Indian wrestler had reached the final of the World Championships before Malik.
“It’s extremely satisfying. I’m so happy. It’s so good. What I couldn’t do at the Tokyo Games, I did here. I fought every fight as my last fight.” , Anshu said after reaching the final. The month following the Tokyo Games was very tough. I was not able to play the Games as I wanted. I suffered an injury (elbow) and cannot explain how much pain I endured a month before the world championship. I trained hard for this, I wanted to give my 100 percent and I will fight in the final as my last fight, “she said. Anshu had lost her fight in the first round and also the draft round at the Games. Tokyo Olympics, ”said Malik. PTI agency.
Indian wrestlers at the wrestling world championship
Only four Indian wrestlers have ever won medals at the World Championships; however, all of those had come in the bronze medal games. Alka Tomar in 2006 was the first Indian female wrestler to win a championship medal, followed by Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019).
In addition to becoming the first Indian female wrestler to reach the final of the World Championships, Malik also became the sixth Indian overall to qualify for the gold medal match. Bishambar Singh (1967), Sushil Kumar (2010), Amit Dahiya (2013), Bajrang Punia (2018) and Deepak Punia (2019) had already reached the final of the World Championships. Only Sushil Kumar won a gold medal for India at the World Championships and Malik has a chance to put her name in the record books if she wins the final.
Malik will face American Helen Maroulis in the final match of the Women’s Freestyle World Championships in the 57 kilogram category.