- Ravi Dahiya lost to Russia’s Zavur Uguev in the 57 kg category finals
Tokyo: India’s hopes of a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics diminished yet again after wrestler Ravi Dahiya went down against Zavur Uguev of Russia in the 57 kg category finals. He settled for silver.
Ravi Dahiya’s silver medal is the second for India, the first having come from weightlifter Mirabai Chanu.
Uguev, who is number 2 seed, is the 2018 and 2019 world champion and has won 25 international matches in a row.
He won the Tokyo Olympics final 4-2.
Ravi Dahiya had earned a phenomenal victory in the semi-finals against Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan, rising back after having almost lost the game. His stellar performance had raised hopes of a gold medal for India, which would have been its first this season.
This medal has made him only the fifth wrestler in India to have won an Olympic medal. He follows KD Jadhav, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt and Sakshi Malik.
After the match, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “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
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