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Tokyo Olympics 2021: Ravi Dahiya Takes Silver in 57kg Men’s Wrestling

With this victory, India’s medal tally has gone to five with two silvers coming in wrestling Dahiya) and weightlifting (Mirabai Chanu) while three bronze coming in badminton (PV Sindhu), boxing (Lovlina Borgohain), and men’s hockey,

India's Ravi Dahiya reacts after losing against Zavur Uguev of Russian Olympic Committee in men’s freestyle 57kg final wrestling match, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. Ravi secured a silver medal as Uguev won 7-4. (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan)

New Delhi: Wrestler Rahi Dahiya had to satisfy with a silver medal as he lost in the final of the men’s 57kg category to Zavur Uguev of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) at the Tokyo Olympics. The 23-year-old had high hopes for winning India’s first gold in wrestling especially after his monumental comeback in the semi-finals.

Uguev dominated the Indian from the start as he gained a lead over Dahiya within the opening few seconds.

The Russian raced off to a 2-0 lead before the Dahiya staged a comeback and leveled things 2-2.

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However, Uguev used his strength to great effect as he scored two quick points to make the score 4-2 before the end of the first period.

India’s Ravi Dahiya competes with Zavur Uguev of Russian Olympic Committee in men’s freestyle 57kg final wrestling match, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. Ravi secured a silver medal as Uguev won 7-4. (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan)

His intentions were pretty much the same after the break as he got three back-to-back points as India’s hope for a maiden gold in wrestling faded away.

Dahiya had also lost to the Russian at the 2019 World Championship.

India had high hope for the 23-year-old who had completed a stunning comeback against Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev in the semi-finals when he overturned a 2-9 deficit to win the match in the dying seconds.

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Dahiya had defeated Columbia’s Tigreros Urbano 13-2 in the opening round before overcoming Bulgaria’s Georgi Valentinov Vangelovn 14-4 in the quarter-finals.

This is India’s fifth medal at the Tokyo Olympics and the first in wrestling
(PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan)

With this, he became only the second wrestler after Sushil Kumar to win a silver medal at the Olympics.

Dahiya’s silver medal came on the same day when the Indian’s men hockey team ended its 41-year drought to win the bronze medal after defeating Germany 5-4 in a tense match at the Oi Hockey Stadium.

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With inputs from ANI

 

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