Sarita Mor outclassed Sweden’s Johanna Lindborg to win bronze in the 59kg category at the World Wrestling Championships on Thursday.
She becomes the sixth Indian woman wrestler to win a bronze medal at the World Championships.
It was India’s second medal of this edition of the World Championships as Anshu Malik won silver in the 57kg category. The 20-year-old put up a brave show but lost to two-time Olympic medallist Helen Maroulis of the USA in the final.
Sarita stunned the Swede with an early four-pointer and added two more points to her tally with a quick take-down. The reigning Asian champion took a commanding 6-0 lead by the break and pulled off another breathtaking move to race to a 8-0 lead.
She conceded a take-down late in the bout but had a big enough lead to come out winner. It was her sixth attempt to win a medal at the worlds, having failed to do so at one U-23 and four senior worlds.
Anshu, a cadet World champion and a junior Worlds silver medallist, was the third Indian to reach the final of the World championships after 2010 champion Sushil Kumar and 2018 silver medallist Bajrang Punia . Other Indian women grapplers who have won bronze medals in the past are Geeta Phogat (2012), Babita Phogat (2012), Pooja Dhanda (2018) and Vinesh Phogat (2019).