Tokyo Olympics Wrestling: Ravi Dahiya, Deepak Punia storm into semis, one step away from medal

It used to be a vivid Wednesday (August 4) for India at the Tokyo Olympics as wrestlers Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Deepak Punia each and every stormed into semifinals. Ravi Dahiya defeated Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov in the 57kg freestyle category with a entire 14-4 margin whereas Deepak Punia got previous China’s Zushen Lin in the 86kg category with a 6-3 margin in the quarterfinal bouts.

Dahiya will now buy on Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev for a upright to enter the gold medal fight in the 57kg category whereas Punia will buy on United States’ David Morris Taylor in the semifinal. Each and every the bouts will happen later in the afternoon on Wednesday. 

Earlier, Dahiya and Punia started their Olympics campaigns with technical superiority victories, reaching the males’s freestyle 57kg and 86kg quarterfinals respectively with ease. The 19-year-primitive Anshu Malik though lost the girls’s 57kg opener to European champion Irina Kurachikina of Belarus 2-8.

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The fourth-seeded Dahiya constantly attacked the upright leg of Colombia’s Tigreros Urbano and he remained dominant, except for conceding a buy-down in the main length. Dahiya, the reigning Asian champion, nailed the consume with one minute and 10 seconds quiet remaining in the bout, which used to be stopped after he raced to a winning 13-2 lead.

The Indian effected 5 buy-down strikes in the second length, showing his technical prowess. Deepak Punia (freestyle 86kg) made the most of an effortless design by getting previous Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor, the African championship bronze medallist. 

The Nigerian had the vitality but Deepak used to be technically sound and acquired comfortably. Asian champion Anshu made a solid comeback after conceding a 0-4 lead against the Belarusian with two push out capabilities.

Deepak Reaches Semifinal!

India’s @deepakpunia86 wins against Lin Zushen of China 6-3 to attain the semifinal of Males’s freestyle 86 Kg.

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She also managed to safe preserve of Kurachikina’s upright leg but could perchance also now no longer full the transfer. On the counter attack, Anshu conceded yet another two-pointer but saved scuffling with. The European relied on her expertise to prevail.

Anshu’s probabilities to come lend a hand in the opponents will depend on Kurachikina’s growth. If the Belarusian makes the final, Anshu will safe a repechage round.

(with PTI inputs)

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