India's Anshu Malik bags silver in women's 57kg category at Wrestling World Cup

Anshu, who is coming up from the junior ranks, clinched her third medal at the senior level from as many tournaments.

Press Trust of India December 17, 2020 15:45:41 IST
India's Anshu Malik bags silver in women's 57kg category at Wrestling World Cup

File image of Anshu Malik. Twitter/ @Media_SAI

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 the 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 a 3-1 victory over Germany's Laura Mertens in the quarter-finals.

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 the quarter-finals 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.

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