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Anshu Malik Becomes First Indian Woman to Make Wrestling World C'ship Final

Anshu Malik will face 2016 Olympic champion Helen Maroulis in the final.

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Wrestling
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<div class="paragraphs"><p>Anshu Malik won her semi-final 11-0 in Oslo</p></div>
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Anshu Malik rewrote the history books on Wednesday, when she became the first female wrestler from India to make the final of the World Championship.

Anshu has made it to the final of the 57 kg event and won her semi-final bout in grand style. The Indian wrestler controlled the bout from the start.

The Indian wrestler defeated Solomiia Vynnyk of Ukraine by 11-0 technical superiority on Oslo.

With this win, she has also assured India of its first medal in the ongoing tournament.

Earlier in the pre-quarter-final, Anshu stormed past Kazakhstan's Nilufar Raimova, winning by technical superiority, and later defeated Mongolia's Davaachimeg Erkhembayar 5-1 in the quarter-final.

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The 20-year-old will be up against the 2016 Olympic champion Helen Maroulis for a historic Gold on Thursday. Helen is also the Bronze medallist from the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics.

Meanwhile, Sarita Mor lost 3-0 in her semi-final bout against former World silver medalist and four-time European champion Bilyana Dudova in the 59kg event. Sarita will wrestle for Bronze on Thursday.

Earlier, Mor had shocked defending champion Linda Morais. The Canadian was not able to breach Mor’s defence and lost in the 59kg pre-quarterfinals by a 2-8 margin.

Earlier, India wrestler Pinki lost the bronze play-off 2-5 to America's Jenna Rose Burkert while the other youngsters in the women's squad also struggled on Tuesday.

In the 72kg category, Divya Kakran stunned Kseniia Burakova to “win by fall” but lost by technical superiority to Japan’s Under-23 World champion Masako Furuich.

In the 76kg category, Kiran won her repechage round against Turkey’s Aysegul Ozbege to reach bronze play-off but Pooja Jatt (53kg) lost her repechage by fall to Eucuador’s Luisa Elizabeth Melendres.

Ritu Malik (68kg) was blown away by Ukraine’s Anastasiia Lavrenchuk in the Qualification bout that lasted only 15 seconds.

(with PTI Inputs)

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