|Anshu Malik Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||August 5, 2001|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Anshu Malik is an Indian freestyle wrestler who won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2021 Almaty Asian Wrestling Championships in the 57 kg weight class, the 2019 Chon Buri Asian Junior Wrestling Championships (59 kg), and the 2017 Athens World Cadet Championships (60 kg). She clinched the ‘Silver’ medal at the 2021 Oslo World Wrestling Championships (57 kg), the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games (57 kg), the 2020 Belgrade Individual Wrestling World Cup (57 kg), the 2022 Ulaanbaatar Asian Wrestling Championships (57 kg), and the 2018 Trnava World Junior Wrestling Championships (59 kg). She also secured the ‘Bronze’ medal at the 2020 New Delhi Asian Wrestling Championships (57 kg), the 2018 Zagreb World Cadet Championships (60 kg), and the 2016 Tbilisi World Cadet Championships (60 kg).
Nidani, Jind, Haryana, India
Jind, Haryana, India
Anshu had attended the Chaudhary Bharat Singh Memorial Sports School near her village in Nidani.
- Father – Dharamvir Malik (Associated with CISF (Central Industrial Security Force), one of the Central Armed Police Forces in India; Former International Wrestler)
- Mother – Manju Malik (School Teacher)
- Siblings – Shubham Malik (Younger Brother) (Freestyle Wrestler)
- Others – Pawan Malik (Uncle) (Former Wrestler)
She has been represented by Hitesh M., Manager & Booking Agent, Infinity Optimal Solutions (IOS) Pvt. Ltd., Sports Talent Management Agency, New Delhi, India.
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
57 kg or 125.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, neck-length, tousled hair
- Boyish face
- Affable smile
Anshu Malik Facts
- Anshu, belonging to a family of accomplished wrestlers, began her journey in the sport when she was 11 years old. She used to watch her brother leave for practice every day and insisted to her father that she wanted to pursue the sport as well. Her father and uncle, both former wrestlers, allowed her to practice with boys locally and supported her completely.
- Her role model is Kaori Icho, a Japanese freestyle wrestler who is a 10-time world champion and 4-time Olympic champion (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016). Kaori, a legend of the sport, was undefeated between 2003 and 2016.
- When Anshu clinched the ‘Silver’ medal at the 2021 Oslo World Wrestling Championships, she became the first Indian female wrestler to have won a ‘Silver’ medal at the World Wrestling Championships. She had received a bye in the ‘Round of 32’ in this tournament and then defeated her Kazakh opponent by a margin of 15-5 on points in the ‘Round of 16’.
- She then advanced to the semi-final by defeating her Mongolian opponent 5-1 in the quarter-final. She overcame Solomiia Vynnyk of Ukraine 11-0 in the semi-final before being defeated by fall (while she was trailing 4-1 on points) in the final by American freestyle wrestler Helen Maroulis who clinched her 3rd ‘Gold’ medal at the World Wrestling Championships.
- On August 5, 2022, her debut appearance in the Commonwealth Games and her 21st birthday, Anshu won the ‘Silver’ medal in the 57 kg category. She won both her quarter-final and semi-final bouts by 10-0 margins (victory by technical superiority).
- She lost the final on points (7-3) to defending champion Odunayo Adekuoroye of Nigeria who won her 3rd ‘Gold’ medal in succession at the Commonwealth Games (2014 (Glasgow) in the 53 kg category, 2018 (Gold Coast) in the 57 kg category, and 2022 (Birmingham) in the 57 kg category).
Featured Image by Anshu Malik / Instagram