Anshu Malik wins silver medal at Wrestling World Cup; Narsingh Yadav, Ravi Dahiya make early exits

Anshu, who is coming up from the junior ranks, clinched her third medal at the senior level from as many tournaments. She lost the gold medal bout 1-5 to Moldova's Anastasia Nichita on Wednesday night.

Press Trust of India December 17, 2020 18:39:27 IST
Anshu Malik wins silver medal at Wrestling World Cup; Narsingh Yadav, Ravi Dahiya make early exits

Anshu Malik won silver medal at the individual Wrestling World Cup. Image:Twitter/WrestlingTVInd

Belgrade: Young Anshu Malik was the lone Indian woman wrestler to win a medal at the individual World Cup, grabbing a silver in the 57kg category.

Anshu, who is coming up from the junior ranks, clinched her third medal at the senior level from as many tournaments. She lost the gold medal bout 1-5 to Moldova's Anastasia Nichita on Wednesday night.

She had won a bronze at the Asian Championship early this year in New Delhi and a silver at Mattio Pellicone event in Rome in January.

She is gradually making the 57kg category her own despite presence of World championship medallist Pooja Dhanda and experienced Sarita Mor in the same weight class.

Anshu began with a 4-2 win over Azerbaijan's Alyona Kolesnik and followed it up with 3-1 victory over Germany's Laura Mertens in the quarterfinals.

In the semi-final, she outplayed Russia's Veronika Chumikova, recording a victory by fall.

Another Indian grappler Pinki also did well to reach the 55kg semi-finals, where she lost to Belarusian Iryna Kurachkina.

She later lost the bout for bronze to Russia's Olga Khoroshavtseva by technical superiority.

Sarita (59kg), Sonam Malik (62kg) and Sakshi Malik (65kg) could not go beyond quarterfinals in their respective categories.

Veteran Gursharanpreet got a repechage round in the 72kg but lost that by technical superiority to Evgeniia Zakharchenko.

Nirmala Devi (50kg) and Kiran (76kg) fizzed in the Qualification round, losing 6-9 to Poland's Anna Lukasiak and Canada's Erica Elizabeth Wiebe respectively.

From among the Greco Roman grapplers, only Arjun Halakurki could reach the quarterfinals in the 55kg while all other could not go beyond qualification rounds.

Arjun lost 5-10 to Kyrgyzstan's Balbai Dordokov.

Narsingh, Dahiya make early exits

Narsingh Pancham Yadav's much-anticipated return to the mat after a four-year doping ban ended with a Qualification round defeat while Tokyo Olympics-bound Ravi Dahiya suffered a surprise opening-round loss.

Competing in 74kg, a category where India is yet to achieve a quota for the Tokyo Olympics, Narsingh fought tooth and nail before losing his opening round bout 9-10 to Germany's Osman Kubilay Cakici.

Both Jitender Kinha and double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar feature in the same weight category. The next few weeks will be interesting to see who among these three grapplers gets to compete in Olympic-qualification events.

This event, being organised in place of World Championships, was skipped by Jitender as he is in the US for training along with star wrestler Bajrang Punia (65kg).

Ravi Dahiya, who won a bronze at the 2019 World Championships and a ticket to Tokyo, lost by fall to Hungary's Gamzatgadzsi Halidov.

It was a surprise result as Ravi is someone who does not lose easily.

The chances of Narsingh and Ravi to get repechage round evaporated after their opponents lost their respective quarterfinals.

Naveen Kumar lost his 70kg quarterfinal by technical superiority to Islambek Orozbekov from Kyrgyzstan while Sumit Kumar suffered defeat in his 125kg Qualification bout 2-4 to Moldova's Egor Olar.

In the 61kg, Rahul Aware, another 2019 World Championships bronze medallist, will open his campaign against Richard Vilhelm of Hungary while Gaurav Baliyan is pitted against Italian Aron Caneva in the 79kg.

2019 Worlds bronze winner and Tokyo bound Deepak Punia will wrestle with Latvia's Ivars Samusonoks in the 86kg pre-quarters.

Satyawart Kadian will compete against Germany's Ertugrul Agca in the 97kg Qualification bout.

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