Asian Wrestling Championships: Anshu Malik and Radhika win silver | More sports news

Defending champion Anshu Malik could not repeat the exploits of her last edition. The daughter of Nidani, Jind district, Haryana, settled for silver after being beaten by reigning world champion (55kg) Japan’s Tsugumi Sakurai in the final of the women’s 57kg freestyle category at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Friday.
Joining Anshu on the podium was Radhika who picked up a silver medal in the 65kg category, and Manisha who picked up bronze in the 62kg division. The bronze would have brought some comfort to Manisha, who had lost her father days before leaving for the event.
The other two Indian wrestlers competing on the fourth day of competition – Swati Shinde and Nikki – failed to qualify for the medal round after faltering in their respective group stages. While Swati finished sixth in the 53kg category, Nikki finished fourth among five athletes in the 72kg category.
The Indian wrestlers concluded their campaign with five medals, none of which managed to clinch a gold medal. On Thursday, another defending champion, Sarita Mor (59 kg), and Sushma (55 kg), had settled for a bronze medal each. On the final day of the women’s events, Anshu raised hopes of another gold medal when she beat Uzbekistan’s Shokhida Akhmedova 10-0 in her first bout. The Tokyo Olympian looked devastating and crushed Singapore’s Danielle Sue Ching Lim challenge 10-0 to advance to the semi-finals. In the last four encounters, Oslo 2021 World Championship runner-up Anshu showed no respect to former Asian silver medalist (62kg) Bolortuya Khurelkhuu of Mongolia and tamed her 11-0 to a place in the final. However, luck left the Indian when the Japanese Sakurai got the better of her “by fall” in the final.
“We will work on his weaknesses before CWG and Asiad,” Anshu’s father, Dharamvir Malik, told TOI.


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