Wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya makes it into the final, India assured the fourth medal

Ravi Kumar Dahiya defeated Nurislam Sanayev Tokyo Olympics

Indian Grappler Ravi Kumar Dahiya advanced into the men’s freestyle 57kg event at the Tokyo Olympic on August 4, 2021. In the semifinals, he defeated Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev. He pinned the opponent with a great move to win the bout by fall.

The bout started, and both wrestlers registered points in the initial minutes of the first round. Ravi Kumar is led the second round by 2-1. After the second round, Sanayev fought bravely and caught hold of Ravi’s ankles, and twirled him around to flip the score in his favour to 9-2. Ravi showed tremendous mental strength and turned the bounty in his favour.

 When just 50 seconds were left to match, Ravi Kumar scored a 2-point breakdown, converted into the pin, and won by fall. Ravi Kumar Dahiya reached the semifinals after beating Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov in the quarters (14-4) and Colombia, Oscar Tigers in 16 (13-20).

Ravi Kumar will face ROC’S Saver Uguev, a two-time world champion of the Russian Olympics committee, in the final on his Olympic debut on August 5. He will be the fifth wrestler to win medals for India.

He is only the second wrestler from India to enter into the finals at the Olympics after Sushil Kumar had played for Gold at the 2012 London Olympics, where he won the silver medal.

He is also a bronze medal winner at the World Championships in 2019 and a two-time Asian Championship Gold Medalist.

Ravi took India’s overall medal count to four at the Tokyo Olympics. He is also the first male athlete of India to secure a medal at the Tokyo Olympic 2020. The nation is hopeful that they celebrate as soon as Ravi Kumar makes the winning move in the men’s 57kg freestyle final.


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