New Delhi: Anshu Malik on Thursday created history by winning a silver medal at the World Championships. Anshu has become the first Indian female wrestler to win a silver medal. The 20-year-old Malik played her final against two-time Olympic medalist Helen Maroulis at the World Championships in Oslo, Norway, but lost and had to settle for a silver medal.
Prime Minister Modi congratulated
The Prime Minister has congratulated Anshu Malik on winning the silver medal. Another Indian wrestler Sarita Mor (59kg) also won a bronze medal for the country. Congratulating both, the Prime Minister expressed happiness by tweeting. He wrote, ‘Many congratulations to Anshu Malik on winning silver and Sarita Mor for winning bronze and best wishes for the future.’
Congratulations to @OLyAnshu for winning the Silver and @saritamor3 for winning the Bronze at the World Wrestling Championship 2021. Best wishes to these outstanding athletes for their future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/2HNzheJ6G7
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 10, 2021
Indian women have shown power in Asian Championship
Anshu had defeated European silver medalist Solomiya Vinnik of Ukraine in the women’s 57kg semi-final on Wednesday. Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019) are the other Indian women wrestlers to have won bronze medals earlier.
Became the third Indian to reach the final
Cadet World Champion and Junior World Silver Medalist Anshu was the third Indian to reach the final of the World Championship after 2010 champion Sushil Kumar and 2018 silver medalist Bajrang Punia. Had Anshu Malik been successful in winning the final, she would have been the first woman and second Indian player.