Diwali Moments: Debutants in CW Games Who Made Us Proud

During the World Wrestling Championships in Oslo, Norway, Anshu Malik, a young wrestler, carried a billion hopes on his shoulders.

By winning her 57kg semi-final match in CW Games, she became the first Indian woman wrestler to advance to the World Championships final. The 20-year-old from Nidani village in Jind, Haryana, was unable to follow in the footsteps of Sushil Kumar and become the first Indian woman wrestler to win a world championship. Her shoulder went up, and she was knocked out by American Helen Maouralis, who won the gold medal in the 53 kg division at the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2020 Winter Olympics (57kg).

Anshu, the reigning Asian Championships gold medallist, controlled the match in the opening phase by repelling all of the American wrestler’s attacks. After the Indian wrestler raced into the men’s 57kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match and guaranteed India of a fourth medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Ravi Dahiya’s hometown broke into a frenzy.

Rakesh, Dahiya’s father, was ecstatic and expressed his pride in Ravi’s accomplishment, saying he thinks his son will take home the gold in the final. Dahiya is only the second Indian wrestler in Olympic history to compete for the gold medal. In 2012, Sushil Kumar competed in the final but took home silver. The two-time world champion from ROC, Zavur Uguev, will compete against the Indian wrestler in the Olympic final.


“Today has a festive vibe about it. He has brought honour to Haryana, our community of Nahri, and the country “Rakesh Dahiya, the wrestler’s father, told the news agency ANI. “India wins because of Ravi. It is significant to have come this far. Tomorrow, history will be written, and he will win a gold medal for our team,” said Rakesh Dahiya.

In order to shatter two records and win gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, an Indian teen weightlifter overcame cramping. India’s fifth medal and second gold at the Birmingham Games came courtesy of Jeremy Lalrinnunga’s victory.

Lalrinnunga said after his victory, “It appears I’m in another planet today and living a dream.” It’s my first significant senior-level competition since the 2018 Youth Olympics. The 19-year-old was competing in the men’s 67kg weightlifting final on Sunday and is from the state of Mizoram in north-eastern India. Lalrinnunga began with a casual lift of 136 kg, which he improved upon by lifting 140 kg on his second attempt, setting a record for the Games.

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