Wrestler Ravi Dahiya has created history in the Olympics. He has become the second wrestler to reach the final. At the Tokyo Olympics, he defeated NurIslam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the men’s freestyle 57kg to reach the final. Ravi Dahiya has ensured silver medal with this. Ravi was behind in the opening match. He was trailing 5-9. Although the Indian wrestler had a chance to return, because this lead is not very much in wrestling. Things change here every second.
Eventually, the Kazakhstan wrestler got injured and Ravi emerged the winner (Victory by fall) on 7-9. In fact, while making a comeback, Dahiya attacked both the legs of his opponent and managed to win by his fall. Earlier, Sushil Kumar had won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics by making it to the finals. Earlier, Dahiya had won both the matches on the basis of technical proficiency. Ravi Dahiya will enter the gold medal match on August 5.
India’s medals in overall Olympic wrestling
1. KD Jadhav
Bronze medal, Helsinki Olympics (1952)
2. Sushil Kumar
Bronze medal, Beijing Olympics (2008)
Silver Medal, London Olympics (2012)
3. Yogeshwar Dutt
Haryana wrestler’s bets in repechage
Bronze medal: London Olympics (2012)
4. Sakshi Malik
Bronze medal: Rio Olympics (2016)
5. Ravi Dahiya
Tokyo Olympics (2020)
KD Jadhav was the first wrestler to get India a medal in wrestling, winning a bronze medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Sheel then won a bronze medal in Beijing and a silver medal in London. Sushil was the only Indian to win two individual event medals at the Olympics, but badminton player PV Sindhu equalized by winning the bronze.
India’s fourth medal in the Tokyo Games has been confirmed. Earlier, Mirabai Chanu won silver in weightlifting, PV Sindhu won bronze in badminton. On Wednesday, Lovlina Borgohain captured bronze.
Ravi Dahiya defeated Bulgaria’s Georgi Valentinov Vengelov 14-4 after beating Colombia’s Tigueros Urbano Asker Edwardo 13-2 in the first round, Ravi Dahiya beat Algeria’s Abdelhak Kherbach on technical prowess against Vengelov. Continuing his excellent form, kept the pressure up from the start.
The Indian wrestler, seeded fourth, repeatedly attacked the opponent on his right leg in the match against Urbano and dominated the match after losing points from a ‘take-down’ in the first period.
Defending Asian champion Dahiya then registered a 13-2 win with one minute and 10 seconds left in the match. The Indian wrestler showed his technical strength in the second period, collecting points from five take-downs.
Deepak Poonia will play for bronze medal
After losing in the semi-finals, Deepak Poonia will now play for the bronze medal. Poonia lost in a one-sided match to 2018 world champion David Morris Taylor of America in the semi-finals of the 86kg category. Poonia had no answer to Taylor’s technical proficiency. He could make only one move on the counter attack, but Taylor did not let him take the point.