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Ravi Kumar Dahiya bags Silver Medal for India in the men’s freestyle 57kg Final

Wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya lost his final round of men’s freestyle 57kg to defending world champion Zavur Uguev of Russia. Ravi bags a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, 5th overall medal for India. 

Ravi Kumar Dahiya became the second Indian, after Mirabai Chanu to secure a silver medal for India. 

Ravi Kumar was 2 points behind the world champion in the starting but bounced back to level the score. Uguev scored 2 more points and took a 4-2 lead over the Indian. Uguev then took a 5-point edge over Ravi (7-2). The Indian fought back for 2 more points but couldn’t overturn the 3-point lead of the Russian champion Uguev. 

The Indian wrestler defeated Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev, former world champion and silver medalist, in the semi-finals. He had come back from the 2-9 down to achieve victory by fall. Ravi defeated Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov in the quarter finals (14-4) and Colombia’s Oscar Tigereros in the round of 16 (13-2) by technical superiority. 

Ravi Kumar Dahiya at Tokyo Olympics 2020
Ravi Kumar Dahiya at Tokyo Olympics 2020

The 23-year-old wrestler who was making his Olympic debut at Tokyo has now joined the legendary Sushil Kumar to become only the second Indian wrestler to win a silver medal at the Olympic games. 

The legendary wrestler KD Jadhav won a bronze medal at the 1952 Olympic Games before Sushil Kumar won a bronze and a silver medal at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics respectively. Yogeshwar Dutt won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics after which the bronze medalist Sakshi Malik became the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at Rio Olympics 2016. 

Ravi Kumar Dahiya became the 5th Indian wrestler to secure a medal for India at the Olympic games. Social Media is flooded with congratulatory messages and wishes for the young Indian wrestler. 


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