Tokyo repechage loss taught me many things: Anshu Malik

Malik let out a sigh of relief at the 57kg Trials in Lucknow for his debut Commonwealth Games starting in Birmingham on July 28.

She sat on the stairs of the newly constructed wrestling hall at the Sports Authority of India and covered her face with her palms.

I’ve been looking for this since losing at the Tokyo Olympics. This is going to be another step in my career success. “I want to take full advantage of the opportunity to make the country proud at the Commonwealth Games,” he said.

The first Indian wrestler to win a silver medal at the Women’s World Championships in 2021, he thought his preparations were on track. Her defeat in the final also came after an exemplary display of grit and courage. Despite an ankle injury and nursing a back elbow injury in the quarter-finals, he did his best before losing to USA two-time Olympic medalist Helen Marolis in the final.

“My defeat in the repetition round in Tokyo taught me many things.

From promising junior to one of the biggest names in Indian women’s wrestling, she holds all-color medals at the Asian Championships. And now he aims to change the color of his medal at the World Championships in Belgrade in September.

“One must always strive to move forward and I’m thinking along the same lines.”

“It was a little disappointing to postpone the Asian Games because I was well prepared for the event,” he said.

At the Trials, Ankur was supported by her father, former international wrestler Dharamveer Malik. He cheered, cheered and guided his daughter until she entered the Indian team by beating Sarita More 2-1 in a thrilling contest.

A double gold medalist at the Asian Championships and a bronze medalist at the World Championships, More was brisk in her attack despite the fact that she was 2-0 at the start of the final. But the 20-year-old did not lose her composure and gave up only one point to her senior rival before the problem was achieved.

“My daughter has my dream of wrestling internationally. I know her style of wrestling because I have taught her the best aspects of the sport, ”said Dharamvir. “Despite Sarita’s best efforts in the dying minutes, I was sure of his victory, because his defense was very good,” he added.

Commenting on his progress, Jitendra Yadav, the coach of India’s women’s team, said that modern training is needed to improve their tactics. “She (Anshu) has a good future. But she has to believe in modern style training instead of relying solely on traditional training reserved for sludge courts.”

Yadav said, “It is time for her to rise to that level and change her ways to become one of the top wrestlers in the world. It will definitely help Indian athletes, including the event, to better prepare for the CWG 2022 and the World Championships. ”


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