It took three days on the U23 Wrestling World Championships however on Thursday, two Indian wrestlers lastly stood on the rostrum in Belgrade. Whereas Shivani Pawar gained silver within the ladies’s 50kg division, it was Anju who gained India’s second medal, profitable a bronze within the ladies’s 55kg division.
The 21-year-old bounced again fantastically from the frustration of dropping her semifinal match by only a solitary level 5-4 in her remaining match of the competitors in opposition to Virginie Kaze Gascon of Canada. It wasn’t as if she did not should wrestle although. The previous silver medalist on the U-23 Asian Championships opened the scoring however conceded six straight factors to path 6-2 early within the first interval.
Nonetheless, she continued forcing the work fee and the strain took its toll on the Canadian. Anju scored off a pushout after which obtained a takedown and turned her opponent to attain one other 4. One other takedown adopted because the Indian went into the lead. Anju continued to push the tempo within the second interval because the Canadian slipped additional behind. The Indian scored one other 10 factors all via takedowns — for 15 unanswered factors – to trigger the competition to be stopped for causes of technical superiority with the rating studying 17-6 in her favour.
Whereas Anju impressed with the come-from-behind victory there was disappointment for Pawar in her remaining in opposition to USA’s Erica Shilson. Though the Indian obtained an early takedown to open the rating, the American-who has now gained gold at all ages group competitors – turned her over her shoulder for a 4 level throw and pinned her shoulders in the identical transfer to finish the competitors.
Whereas there was disappointment in how the ultimate concluded, there Pawar carried out creditably over the past couple of days. Largely unheralded earlier than this competitors with out even a medal on the senior degree in India, She had been down 0-9 in her opening bout earlier than pinning her opponent after which pinned the reigning European U-23 champion in Russia’s Maria Tiumerekova within the semifinal. Her silver medal is one in every of simply seven gained by Indian wrestlers on the U-23 worlds and places her in elite firm alongside Olympic medalists Bajrang Punia and Ravi Dahiya.