Ravi Kumar Dahiya Bags Silver Medal for India in Tokyo Olympics 2020
Ravi Kumar was the second Indian wrestler ever to reach the Olympic final, after double medallist Sushil Kumar.
NEW DELHI: In a historic feat, Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya wins the silver medal in the 57kg freestyle category of the Tokyo Olympics.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya lost to Russia's Zavur Uguev in the final by a score of 4-7.
Ravi becomes the second Indian wrestler, after Sushil Kumar, to win the silver medal at the Olympic Games and a fifth wrestler to bag an Olympic medal.
The Russian, a two-time World Championships gold medallist, was just too strong for the Indian, and despite his best efforts, he couldn't overpower the Russian at any given point in time.
Ravi Dahiya is the reigning Asian Champion in the men's 57kg freestyle category and a bronze medallist at the 2019 World championships.
He was a silver medallist at the U23 World Championship in 2018 and heading into the Games reached the final and won a couple of ranking series in 61 kg.
In the pre-quarters and quarters, Dahiya defeated Colombia Oscar Eduardo and Georgi Valentinov of Bulgaria by technical superiority.
In the finals, he was up against the experienced Sanayev and after trailing 2-9, he pinned the Kazak wrestler in the dying moments of the bout to make it to the Final in which he was reportedly hurt due to a bite from the opponent.
Earlier today the Indian men's hockey team scripted history after they won an Olympic medal after 41 years, defeating a plucky Germany 5-4 to win the bronze.