Anshu Malik To Play World Championship Final, Becomes First Indian Woman Wrestler To Achieve This Feat
The 19-year-old wrestler won the semi-finals against junior European champion Solomiia Vynnyk in the 57kg category.
New Delhi: 19-year-old wrestler Anshu Malik has created history after becoming the first Indian woman to qualify for World Championship finals. She achieved such a feat by defeating Solomiia Vynnyk who is current junior European champion.
On Wednesday, Anshu Malik won the semi-finals against her European opponent in the 57 kg category and reached the finals.
Anshu had participated in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 but had lost her first round bout as well as the repechage round.
Speaking to the media about her historical semi-final win, Anshu said, "It's extremely satisfying. I am so happy. It feels so good. What I could not do at the Tokyo Games I did that here. I fought each and every bout as my last bout," said Anshu after making the final.
"The month after the Tokyo Games was very tough. I could not perform as I had wanted at the Games. I suffered an injury (elbow) and can't explain how much pain I endured one month before the World championship.
"I trained hard for this, I wanted to give my 100 per cent and will fight final like my last bout."
It is to be mentioned that Indian woman wrestlers who have won medals at the World Championship has only brought home bronze - Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat in 2012, Pooja Dhanda in 2018 and Vinesh Phogat in 2019.
Sushil Kumar, who is currently in jail, is the only Indian wrestler to have won the World Championship.