Tokyo Olympics Wrestling: Ravi Kumar Dahiya creates history, assures silver for India

Indian wrester Ravi Kumar Dahiya assign on a sensational show on Wednesday (August 4) to enter the gold medal final in thr 57kg category by defeating Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev within the semifinal. Dahiya grew to turn into excellent the 2nd Indian wrester ever to enter the Olympics final after Sushil Kumar abet in 2012 London Olympics.

Dahiya will now catch on Zaur Uguev of Russia within the final on Thursday (August 5) and can potentially turn into India’s 2nd-ever particular particular person gold medallist at Tokyo Olympics after Abhinav Bindra abet in 2008 Beijing Olympics. 

The fourth seed Indian trailed 2-9 after Sanayev effected a couple of ‘fitley’ (leg lace) however because the clocked ticked away, Dahiya regrouped and bought retain of his rival with a double leg assault that resulted in a ‘victory by tumble’. No topic a immense deficit, Dahiya did now not dread, showing remarkable psychological power and dramatically turned the bout in his favour.

After the discontinue of the first length, Dahiya had a 2-1 lead however Sanayev came willing and attacked the Indian’s left leg, getting a vivid grip of that turned him thrice to log six gains in a jiffy. By surprise Dahiya’s lead was once long past and he was once searching at a defeat however his superior stamina and technical prowess was once aloof at work. The final one minute was once enough for him to flip the tide and he did it well-liked.

He bought retain of Sanayev with a double leg assault after which gripped him tightly, Kazkahstan wrestler’s abet on the mat and completed the bout with a could perhaps ‘pin’. Even in his outdated bouts Dahiya was once dominant because the 23-365 days received both his outdated contests on technical superiority en route the final.

RAVI ADVANCES TO FINAL!!#IND #RaviDahiya advances to the Final of Men’s freestyle 57 Kg by Victory by tumble (VFA) in opposition to #KAZ Nurislam Sanayev

With this India is assured their 4th medal in #Tokyo2020#Wrestling#Olympics#Cheer4India

— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 4, 2021

Deepak made the most of an straightforward plan by getting past Nigeria’s Ekerekeme Agiomor, the African championship bronze medallist by technical superiority after which prevailed 6-3 in opposition to China’s Zushen Lin within the quarterfinal. The fourth-seeded Dahiya outclassed Colombia’s Tigreros Urbano (13-2) in his opener after which outwitted Bulgaria’s Georgi Valentinov Vangelov (14-4).

In opposition to Urbano, Dahiya remained dominant, other than conceding a catch-down within the first length. The reigning Asian champion nailed the select with one minute and 10 seconds aloof final within the bout, which was once stopped after he raced to a successful lead. 

The Indian effected 5 catch-down strikes within the 2nd length, showing his technical prowess. In opposition to Vangelov, Dahiya relied on his double leg attacks, constructing his lead gradually.

Within the 86kg, the Nigerian had the vitality however Deepak was once technically sound and received very easily. In opposition to Lin, though, the 22-365 days-dilapidated Indian struggled.

He spread out a 3-1 lead however Lin effected a takedown to construct it 3-3 and head on standards. The referee awarded two gains to Deepak for a throw however the Chinese language received the scenario.

He is now simplest the fifth Indian wrestler to have received an Olympic medal after KD Jadhav, Sushil Kaumar, Yogeshwar Dutt and Sakshi Malik. Jadhav had turn into India’s first wrestler and additionally the first particular particular person Olympic medallist when he received a bronze for the length of the 1952 Helsinki Games.

(With PTI inputs)

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