Anshu Malik on Thursday created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to clinch silver in World Championships. Anshu lost the final bout against USA’s Helen Louise Maroulis.
Maroulis, a former Olympic winner, and two-time world champion defeated Malik 4-1 to clinch her third title in Oslo.
Anshu had defeated junior European champion Solomiia Vynnyk to ensure India’s first medal from this edition of the event. At least thrice, she effected take-down moves from the left of Vynnyk and finished the bout with an exposure move.
Earlier, she had outclassed Kazakhstan’s Nilufar Raimova via technical superiority 4-1 in the pre-quarters and later outwitted Mongolia’s Davaachimeg Erkhembayar 5-1 in the quarterfinals.
Only four Indian women wrestlers had previously won medals at the Worlds and all of them — Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019) — had clinched bronze.