Anshu Malik made history on Wednesday by becoming the first Indian woman to reach the final at the world wrestling championships.
On Thursday, Anshu Malik stands a chance to add another feather to her cap by becoming India’s first female world champion in wrestling.
Anshu Malik will be up against USA’s Helen Maroulis, a 2016 Olympic champion, in the final of the women’s 57kg final at the world wrestling championships 2021 in Oslo, Norway. The bout will start after 9:30 PM IST on Thursday.
Even if Anshu Malik loses, she will become the first Indian woman wrestler to win a silver medal at the world championships.
Only five Indian women have won medals at the wresting worlds; Alka Tomar (2006), Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019). All of them won bronze.
Sushil Kumar is the only Indian to have won a gold medal at the world championships.
India are yet to win a medal at the ongoing meet. All the men competing in the freestyle category drew a blank.
Anshu Malik vs Helen Maroulis: How do they stack up?
Anshu Malik has had a commendable run on the international stage since last year.
The 20-year-old Anshu Malik won a bronze and then the gold medal at the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Asian championships, respectively. She also won a silver medal at the Individual World Cup in Belgrade, Serbia in December last year.
Anshu Malik also managed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics but was ousted in the repechage round.
Helen Maroulis, meanwhile, is a two-time Olympic medallist. She won the gold medal in the 53kg in Rio 2016 and a 57kg bronze at Tokyo 2020.
Maroulis is also a two-time world champion, winning golds in the 2015 and 2017 editions of the meet. She has won four medals in all at the world wrestling championships.
Where to watch Anshu Malik vs Helen Maroulis live in India?
The Anshu Malik vs Helen Maroulis women’s 57kg final at the world wrestling championships 2021 will be available on live streaming on the wrestlingtv.in website.