Anshu Malik

India IND

Wrestling

  • First Olympic Games
    Tokyo 2020
  • Year of Birth
    2001
Olympic Results

Biography

Anshu Malik

A world championships silver-medallist, an Asian champion and an Olympian even before turning 20, Indian wrestler Anshu Malik is looking at a chequered career. 

At the 2021 World Wrestling Championships in Oslo, Norway, Anshu Malik created history when she beat Ukrainian Solomiia Vynnyk to enter the final of the women’s 57kg category.

It made her the first Indian woman to reach the final of the world wrestling championships, going further than illustrious names like Geeta Phogat and Vinesh Phogat.

Anshu Malik would eventually end up with the silver medal, after losing in the final to two-time Olympic medallist and three-time world champion Helen Maroulis of the USA.

The fact that she competed with a long-standing elbow injury and a knee injury sustained in the quarter-finals made the medal even more memorable. After the final, Anshu Malik had her hand in a sling.

Born on August 5, 2001 in the village of Nidani in Haryana, wrestling ran in Anshu Malik’s blood.

Her father Dharamvir represented the Indian junior wrestling team in the 1990s and the sport was a way of life in her village.

Anshu Malik’s first brush with wrestling came at the age of 11 when she saw her brother Shubham train and insisted that she wanted to try it out too.

Her father was more than willing to support her and Anshu Malik soon began training at the Chaudhary Bharat Singh Memorial School under coach Jagdish Sheoran, who follows her career closely to this day.

Soon enough, Anshu Malik was making waves. She  won her first medal - silver at the 2016 Asian cadet championships - and followed it up with bronze at the 2016 world cadet championships.

In 2017, Anshu Malik was crowned the world cadet champion in the 60kg. She then won the 2018 Asian cadet title and won bronze at the 2018 world cadet and junior championships. 

Next year, Anshu Malik won gold at the 2019 Asian junior championships.

The graduation to the senior level in 2020 proved seamless.

In an impressive 2020 season, the Indian wrestler won silver at the Matteo Pellicone ranking series in Italy, bronze at the Asian Championships and silver at the individual world cup.

In 2021, Anshu Malik qualified for her maiden Olympics in Tokyo after finishing second in the qualifiers. She soon followed it up by becoming the 2021 Asian champion in the 57kg division.

At Tokyo 2020, Anshu Malik, competing with an injured elbow, fell in the round of 16 to eventual silver-medallist Iryna Kurachkina of Belarus.

She then lost to another Olympic silver-medallist Valeria Koblova of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in the repechage round to bow out of her maiden Summer Games.

However, Anshu Malik soon put the Tokyo Olympics disappointment behind her to win a historic silver medal at the 2021 world championships.

Having made rapid strides and a lot more to come, expect Anshu Malik to be one of India’s medal hopes at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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