India at Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE: Heartbreak for Anshu Malik, Indian loses in opening round to European Champion Iryana – follow live updates: Anshu Malik lost out to Belarus’ Iryna Kurachkina in the 57 kgs opening round. This was a tough draw for her as Kurachkina is the European Champion.. Follow insidesport.co for all the live updates and scores of Tokyo Olympics wrestling live
Indian wrestler Anshu Malik lost to Belarus’ Iryna Kurachkina in the Women’s freestyle 57 kg 1/8 Final event here in the Tokyo Olympics at the Makuhari Messe Hall A Mat B on Wednesday.
Iryna Kurachkina defeated Indian teenager Anshu 8-2 to advance in the quarter-finals at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Participating at her maiden Games, Anshu fought bravely but couldn’t stand a chance against the seasoned pro. The Belarusian, a two-time bronze medalist at the World Wrestling Championships, made sure to use her experience against the Indian teenager as she comfortably took down Anshu with one-leg takes and took the four points in the first half.
Starting the second half, the 19-year-old Anshu gave some spirited fightback to Kurachkina by throwing her out of the mat as she registered her first two points at the Games. But the 27-year-old made sure that the Indian was not able to make any comebacks in the dying moments of the second half as she bagged another 4 points.
@8:30AM: Tokyo Olympics Wrestling LIVE – Anshu Malik (IND) vs Iryna Kurachkina (BLR) – 57Kg – Indian Anshu Malik defeated by Iryna Kurachkina of Belarus 8-2
ROUND 2 STARTS – Can Anshu Mailik make a comeback?
- Great reversal by Belarus – now Indian trails 2-6
- Round 2 Anshu is in looking better shape
- Indian still trails 2-4
- Anshu Malik finally gets some grip, gets 1st point
ROUND 1 Starts – Anshu Malik trailing by 0-4
- 1 more point against Anshu
- 1 point to European Champion on account of passivity
- Bout starts – Anshu & Belursian gauging each other
- Tough bout for Anshu Malik
- Wrestler from Belarus is very experienced and it will not be that easy for Anshu. World Championship Bronze medallist – She is currently UWW Rank No. 1 & No. 3 seed in the Tokyo Olympics
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Malik comes from a wrestling family. Her father Dharamvir and uncle Pawan Kumar have represented India in wrestling, while her brother Shubham has competed at cadet level in India.
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Iryna Kurachkina is coming to the Olympics after winning gold in the European Championships, 2021 held in Poland. In 2020, she finished 3rd in the European Championships held in Italy.
She finished 3rd in the World Championships in Kazakhstan. She originally was involved in athletics but was forced to give it up due to an Achilles tendon injury. After surgery and recovery, she was encouraged to switch to wrestling by coach Olga Zemtsova.