- Anshu Malik won the semifinal bout by technical superiority
- Anshu can get India second gold in World Wrestling Championship
- Wrestler Sushil Kumar won the gold medal in 2010
India’s budding female wrestler Anshu Malik has created history by reaching the finals of the World Wrestling Championships in Ossley, Norway. Anshu (57kg) has become the first woman wrestler from India to reach the finals of this prestigious tournament. This historic victory of Anshu is also special because she has reached the title match despite the pain in the elbow.
Tokyo Olympics was not memorable for Asian Champion Anshu but just two months after that, this talented wrestler has tried to prove himself by reaching the title match of the World Championship.
Anshu can get India second gold in World Championship
Anshu can give India a second gold in the World Wrestling Championship. Earlier, only Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar has been successful in winning gold in this prestigious tournament. Sushil had given India the only gold in the year 2010. Anshu has qualified for the finals on the basis of technical superiority in the semi-finals.
‘Fought considering every bout as the last’
After getting the entry in the final, Anshu said that she fought every bout considering it as the final. According to Anshu, ‘What was lacking in the Olympics was completed here. The performance that I had thought of giving in the Olympics could not be given there. After that I got injured. I hurt my elbow. Can’t tell how I got out for this championship in the last one month. I cannot describe the pain I have trained in. Simply because she wanted to fill the Olympic gap here. Fought in every bout thinking that if not today then never. That is, considering the last bout.
Who is Anshu Malik?
Anshu’s father Dharamveer, uncle Pawan and brother Shubham, who hail from Nidani village in Haryana, have also tried their hand at wrestling. Anshu’s father was part of the Indian Junior Wrestling team, while uncle Pawan has won a gold medal in the South Asian Games. Anshu started wrestling at the age of 11 along with his brother. His family stayed with him. Anshu’s father had a dream that his daughter should represent the country in the Olympics and now Anshu has come close to doing so. Anshu’s father’s dream was to see his daughter playing in the Olympics.
Japanese wrestler Kaori Icho is Anshu’s role model
Anshu’s ideal is Kaori Icho, a four-time Olympic medalist from Japan. Icho won gold medals in four consecutive Olympics i.e. Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2021 and Rio 2016. Anshu had said during an interview three years ago, ‘My idol is Kaori Icho. He won Olympic gold four times. I always keep watching his videos.
Sonam is Anshu’s friend
Anshu is good friends with wrestler Sonam Malik. Both are of same age. The two still practice together. Anshu and Sonam know each other’s game very well.
The 20-year-old Anshu won the gold medal at the Asian Championships this year (2021) while the silver medal in the Individual World Cup last year (2020), also won the bronze medal at the Asian Championships in the same year. Anshu has three medals (one gold, two bronze) in the World Cadet Championship. Along with this, Gold Medal in Asian Junior Championship and Silver Medal in World Junior Wrestling Championship is also included.
Could not make Tokyo Olympics memorable
Anshu Malik also had high hopes in the Tokyo Olympics. Recovering from injury, this female wrestler qualified for the Maha Kumbh of the Games. She had a good start in the Olympics but lost in the next bout after crossing the first hurdle.