India’s Anshu Malik had to settle for a silver medal in women’s 57kg freestyle wrestling after losing to Nigeria’s Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye on Friday in the final at Coventry’s Victoria Park Arena.
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Anshu, who had dominated her way to the final with easy wins, found the Nigerian wrestler’s defense too strong to break as she lost 3-7 on points.
The Nigerian wrestler, a three-time CWG winner, dominated the first period as she won four points, pulling Anshu down twice and taking technical points. Anshu launched some desperate attacks in the second period when she took in one run, followed by a two-point takedown.
Taking advantage of Anshu’s aggressive tactics, the Nigerian counterattacked and earned three points — two for a takedown. With only seconds left on the clock, Anshu launched a desperate attack and executed a takedown, but she was denied the points on appeal for not being able to complete the attack.
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The Indian wrestler was clearly disappointed in her performance and left the mat with tears in her eyes.
Nethmi Porthotage of Sri Lanka and Hannah Taylor of Canada won the bronze medals in the 57 kg women.