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Asian Wrestling Championship 2022 | Anshu Malik settles for silver in women’s 57kg

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India’s Anshu Malik failed to retain her women’s 57kg title at the 2022 Asian Wrestling Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia after losing in the final to Japan’s Tsugumi Sakurai on Friday. Malik began her title defense with a technical win over Uzbekistan’s Shokhida Akhmedova.

The 20-year-old, who is the first Indian wrestler to win a silver medal at the world championships last year, followed that up with an equally dominant victory over Singapore’s Danielle Sue Ching Lim in the second round before defeating Mongolian Bolortuya Khurelkhuu, an Olympian from Tokyo. , in the semi-finals.

Anshu’s three wins en route to the final were all down to technical dominance. However, her charge was beaten in the gold medal match by Japan’s Tsugumi Sakurai, the reigning world champion at 55 kg. Anshu Malik had to settle for the silver when the Japanese grappler took a 4-0 lead before pinning his Indian opponent.

She won her third consecutive medal at the continental showcase, having won bronze in 2020 and gold in 2021.

Due to the limited number of competitors, India’s Radhika won silver in the women’s 65kg event, which was contested using a Nordic round system (each wrestler competing against the others in a tournament style at the round).

Radhika ended up losing her first bout by technical superiority to Japan’s Miwa Morikawa, a former world silver medalist and eventual gold medalist of the event, but bounced back to finish second, beating Uzbekistan’s Ariukhan Jumabaeva (4 -2), the Mongolian Purevsuren Ulziisaihan (8-6) and Dariga Aben from Kazakhstan (technical superiority).

Manisha, who won bronze in the 65kg category on Saturday, was another Indian medalist.

Manisha, who beat Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik to earn a spot on the Indian team for the Asian encounter, beat Kazakh grappler Ayaulym Kassymova 9-0 in the quarter-finals but lost to Japanese bronze medalist Nonoka Ozaki world, in the semi-finals.

In the bronze medal bout, however, the Indian wrestler pinned South Korean Hanbit Lee to secure her spot on the podium.

Swati Shinde (53 kg) and Nikki (75 kg), the other two Indian wrestlers in action on Friday, did not win any medals.

The three medals won on Friday bring India’s total at the 2022 Asian Wrestling Championships to ten (two silver and eight bronze).

Sunil Kumar (87 kg), Arjun Halakurki (55 kg), Neeraj (63 kg), Harpreet Singh (82 kg) and Sachin Sahrawat (67 kg), as well as freestyle wrestlers Sarita Mor (59 kg) and Sushma Shokeen (55 kg), had won seven gold medals in the first three days of competition.

Over the weekend, Indian male wrestlers will face off, including Tokyo Olympic medalists Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang Punished.

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