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CWG 2022: Anshu Malik Gets Silver in Women’s Wrestling Freestyle 57Kg

Indian wrestler Anshu Malik got silver in the women’s freestyle 57Kg at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Friday. She lost to defending champion Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye of Nigeria 7-3 in the summit clash and celebrated by breaking out into a song.

The Nigerian wrestler, a three-time CWG winner, dominated the first period as she won four points, pulling Anshu down twice and getting technical points. Anshu launched some desperate attacks in the second period as she bagged one point followed by a two-point takedown.

The Nigerian capitalised on Anshu’s aggressive tactics and launched a counterattack and earned three points — two for a takedown. With just seconds remaining on the clock, Anshu launched a desperate attack and effected a takedown but she was denied the points on appeal as she could not execute the attack fully.

She left the mat with tears in her eyes as it was not the birthday present she wanted to give herself and that too in her debut campaign.


The 21-year-old defeated Irene Symeonidis of Australia 10-0 via technical superiority rather easily in the quarter-final stage. In the semi-final, she defeated Nethmi Poruthotage of Sri Lanka 10-0 via technical superiority and that too in just over a minute.

Earlier on Friday, wrestling competitions at the Victoria Park Arena in Coventry were halted because of safety concerns. The Organising Committee of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games has paused the wrestling competitions for some time to carry out some safety and security drills, an official said on condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Anshu Malik, who comes from a line of wrestlers, had picked up a silver medal at the Oslo World Championships in the year 2021.

Daughter of international wrestler Dharamvir Malik, Anshu is a three-time medal winner at Cadet Wrestling Championships, in the 60 kg category gold in 2017 with bronze in 2016 and 2018.

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