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Tokyo Moment: Silver for Ravi Kumar Dahiya; India win the 5th Olympic medal in Tokyo 2020


Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya picked up the silver medal in the men’s 57kg Freestyle event , giving India the 5th Olympic medal in Tokyo 2020.

It was a close encounter in the event final; Ravi Kumar Dahiya settled for silver when he went down 4-7, to Zavur Uguev from Russia. Dahiya the second Indian grappler, after Sushil Kumar, to pick up the silver medal at the Olympics and the fifth Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal. Uguev, who has won the gold medal twice at the World Championships, seemed too much of a match for Dahiya. Despite all of Dahiya’s best efforts, Uguev showed his experience and class throughout the bout and ensured that he was never overpowered at any time.

Dahiya is the defending Asian Champion (Men’s 57kg Freestyle) and also won the bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships. Back in 2018, he had picked up the silver medal at the U23 World Championship. 

In Tokyo, Dahiya triumphed over Colombia’s Oscar Eduardo in the pre-quarters and then defeated Gerogi Valentinov from Bulgaria in the quarter-finals, by technical superiority. After that he achieved victory over experienced wrestler Nurislam Sanayev from Kazakhstan to book a place in the finals of the event. He was trailing 2-9, before pinning the Kazak in the dying moments of the tie. 

This silver brings up India’s total medal tally at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to 5 (2 silver, 3 bronze).

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