Ravi Kumar Dahiya of India won a silver medal in the men’s 57kg freestyle final following a tight loss to Russian Zavur Uguev.
Reigning two-time Asian champion Ravi Kumar Dahiya clinched the elusive silver medal after a loss against Russian Zavur Uguev in the Men’s 57kg freestyle wrestling final at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday (August 05). Dahiya bagged India’s fifth medal at the Tokyo Olympics and has continued the tradition of Indian wrestlers dominating at the Olympics.
Here is how our PM congratulated him with his tweet:
Ravi Kumar Dahiya is a remarkable wrestler! His fighting spirit and tenacity are outstanding. Congratulations to him for winning the Silver Medal at #Tokyo2020. India takes great pride in his accomplishments.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2021
After his outstanding performance in the semi-final, Dahiya was a strong candidate for gold, but he was defeated by Uguev, who was technically better and defensively excellent. Following the disappointments of Vinesh Phogat and Anshu Malik, Dahiya has won India’s first medal in wrestling at the Tokyo Olympics thus far.
Uguev’s movements were excellent, and he was superb right from the start of the fight. He quickly built a two-point lead over Dahiya, but the Indian rallied to tie the game at 2-2. With only one and a half minutes remaining on the clock, the Russian went on to dominate the battle, extending his lead to 7-2.
But Dahiya, who is famed for his never-say-die mentality and persistent approach, fought back to trim the advantage to 7-4. The Russian, however, was victorious, as the two-time world champion ended on top of the podium and won the gold medal. Dahiya put up a spectacular performance, punching above his weight to reach the final and giving his all for the gold medal.
Dahiya will return back home proud as he became only the second Indian wrestler after his idol Sushil Kumar, to win a silver medal in wrestling at the Olympics.