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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With inputs from ANI