Asian Wrestling Championships: Anshu Malik, Radhika win silver, Manisha nets bronze

Anshu Malik won a bronze in the 2020 edition of the Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Anshu Malik lost her title clash after winning three earlier bouts in a dominant fashion to clinch a silver in the 57kg category at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on Friday.

Radhika also won a silver in 65kg category while Manisha bagged a bronze in the 62kg division, taking India's tally to ten medals from the event.

Anshu lost to Tsugumi Sakurai of Japan by fall in the gold medal bout. However, the Indian was dominance personified as she won all her three of her earlier bouts by technical superiority before losing to Sakurai in the 57kg final.

The 20-year-old defending champion from Haryana's Nidani village dished out strong performances to assure herself of a third Asian Championship medal. She won a bronze in the 2020 edition in New Delhi and won the 57kg title last year in Almaty.

Anshu, who became the first Indian woman wrester to reach the World Championship final last year, began with a win over Uzbekistan's Shokhida Akhmedova and followed that up with another dominating victory against Singapore's Danielle Sue Ching Lim, who appeared at sea against her superior Indian rival.

She then overpowered Mongolia's Bolortuya Khurelkhuu in the semifinals, beginning with a four-point throw that ensued from a double-leg attack. Easy take-downs and push-out points meant that the semifinal bout ended in just two minutes and 12 seconds.

Radhika emerged victorious against Dariga Aben of Kazakhstan in her Round 5 bout to clinch the silver, having defeated three of her four opponents during the day, losing only to eventual gold medalist, Miwa Morikawa of Japan.

Manisha, meanwhile, settled for a bronze after defeating Korea's Hanbit Lee 4-2. The Indian, who earned a silver at the U-23 Worlds in 2021, lost her semifinal in just 40 seconds to Japan's Nonoka Ozaki to bow out of the gold medal race. Ozaki trapped her in leg-lace move early in the contest and finished the bout in a jiffy.

This was after Manisha was off to a flying start, winning 9-0 against Kazakhstan's Ayaulym Kassymova.

Meanwhile, Swati Shinde (53kg) lost both her bouts by technical superiority to go out of medal race.