World Wrestling Championships: Wrestler Sarita Mor Wins Bronze Medal in 59 kg Category

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New Delhi: Wrestler Sarita Mor on Thursday won a bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships and etched her name in the history books. Sarita beat Sweden’s Sarah Lindborg 8-2 to win bronze in women’s 59kg. She has now become the second Indian woman to win a medal at the 2021 championships. Also Read – Rupinder Pal Singh, Tokyo Olympic Bronze Medalist, Retires from International Hockey

Also, Sarita became the sixth Indian woman bronze medalist and seventh medalist at the World Championships. Also Read – Vinesh Phogat Crashes Out, Sangeeta Phogat Thru; Juniors Day Out at Senior World Championship Trials

Before Sarita’s achievement, Anshu Malik created history as she became the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the World Wrestling Championships. Anshu Malik lost his 57kg final to 2016 Olympic champion Helen Lucie Marouli in Oslo (Norway). Also read- Vinesh Phogat apologizes to WFI, not allowed to participate in World Championship in May 2021

Coming into the match to become India’s first female finalist at the World Championships, the 19-year-old started off in an aggressive fashion with positive intent. She took a breathless 1-0 lead but the match changed dramatically in the second. Maroulis caught Anshu in the grip of his arm and pulled him down to take a 2-1 lead to complete the take-down move. She held onto Anshu’s right hand tightly and kept swirling to get the ‘exposure’ point, making it 4-1.

Defending Asian champion Anshu was in terrible pain, but the American did not loosen his grip and kept Anshu’s back on the mat to win from the fall. Anshu needed medical help soon after the match as she was almost crying.

Still, it was a heroic performance from a Nidani Pehelwan, who went on to win a world medal and the best Indian woman ever. Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019) have won bronze medals.

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