After losing to Zaur Uguev in the final of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya settles for silver

Ravi Dahiya
Source: Tokyo Olympics 2020

With so many matches to witness, Day 13 of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 was always going to be a mouth-watering day for Indian fans. The Indian men’s hockey team carved their names in history by winning the country’s first-ever Olympic medal in 41 years after defeating Germany 5-4 in a dramatic match early in the morning. After losing to Zaur Uguev in the final of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Indian wrestler Ravi Dahiya settles for silver

In the afternoon, the pressure was on Ravi Kumar Dahiya, who was aiming to become only the second Indian wrestler to compete in the Summer Games finals (after Sushil Kumar in 2012). Dahiya’s trip to the finals of the men’s freestyle 57kg event was rather dramatic, as he totally crushed the first few matches. When it appeared that he would be eliminated in the semi-finals, the wrestler staged a miraculous comeback to reach the finals against all odds.

Road to finals at Tokyo 2020

1/8 Final – Ravi Kumar Dahiya beat Oscar Tigreros (Colombia) by SUP

1/4 Final – Ravi Kumar Dahiya beat Georgi Vangelov (Bulgaria) by SUP

Semi-finals – Ravi Kumar Dahiya beat Nurislam Sanayev (Kazakhstan) by Fall

Ravi Kumar Dahiya loses in the final; settles for the silver medal

The six-minute duel at the Makuhari Messe Hall Mat B on Thursday was set to be the most crucial few minutes in Indian sports history, with 1.3 billion people glued to their TV screens. As Ravi Kumar Dahiya entered the ring, he knew he was up against ROC’s Zaur Rizvanovich Uguev, a two-time world champion.

In the early parts of the finals, there was little separating the two opponents, thus it was an awesome fight. However, things began to open up in the competition, and Uguev eventually won the match 7-4, leaving Ravi with a silver medal.

Indian wrestler clinches India’s 5th medal at Tokyo 2020

Despite the loss, Ravi Kumar Dahiya earned India’s fifth medal at Tokyo 2020, following Mirabai Chanu (Silver), PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain, and the Indian men’s hockey team (Bronze). Notably, this is India’s 9th Olympic silver medal in the Summer Games’ history.

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