Anshu Malik wins silver at Wrestling World Cup, India’s lone medal winner

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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...

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 Malik, 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 she grabbed 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 Malik 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. But 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 and Canada’s Erica Elizabeth Wiebe respectively.

From among the Greco Roman grapplers, only Arjun Halakurki could reach the quarterfinals in the 55kg. All others could not go beyond qualification rounds. Arjun lost 5-10 to Kyrgyzstan’s Balbai Dordokov.

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