[File photo] Anshu Malik Photograph:( ANI )
India's Sarita Mor, a two-time Asian champion, won a bronze medal in the women's 59kg after beating Sweden's Sara Lindborg 8-2 in the playoff
Anshu Malik scripted history on Thursday (October 6) as she became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a silver medal at the World Wrestling Championships 2021 in Oslo, Norway as she went down against Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Helen Marlouis of the USA in the 57 kg event.
Apart from Anshu's silver, India's Sarita Mor, a two-time Asian champion, won a bronze medal in the women's 59kg after beating Sweden's Sara Lindborg 8-2 in the playoff.
Previously, only five Indian women had won bronze at the world championships Indian women grapplers who have won bronze medals in the past — Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019).
Anshu won the first point but Maroulis took a 4-1 lead in the second period during the bout. She then pinned the Indian wrestler to win her third world championships gold (all in different weight categories).
ANSHU creates history by becoming 1st 🇮🇳 woman wrestler to win a SILVER 🥈 at prestigious World C'ships @OLyAnshu goes down against Tokyo 2020 Bronze medalist Helen Marlouis of USA 🇺🇸 at #WrestleOslo in 57 kg event— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) October 7, 2021
Anshu displayed a commendable spirit, many congratulations! pic.twitter.com/VA2AsVLoii
SARITA WINS BRONZE🔥🔥🔥@saritamor3 defeats Sweden's 🇸🇪— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) October 7, 2021
S. Lindborg 8-2 to win a Bronze medal 🥉 at #WrestleOslo
Sarita becomes the 6th Indian Woman bronze medalist and 7th medalist at the World Championships
Sarita displayed an amazing game, many congratulations 👏 👏 pic.twitter.com/ASt0a2gJ1u
Meanwhile, Divya Kakran (72kg) lost her repechage round in the morning session to Mongolia's Davaanasan Enkh Amar and expectedly, the Greco Roman wrestlers put up a disappointing show.
Sandeep (55kg), Vikas (72kg), Sajan (77kg) and Harpreet Singh (82kg) bowed out of the competition. Only Sajan managed to win one bout while the other three lost their respective openers.