Tokyo Olympic 2020: Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya made a sensational performance on Wednesday (August 4) by defeating Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan in the semi-finals to enter the final for the gold medal in the 57kg category. Dahiya has become the second Indian wrestler to enter an Olympic final after Sushil Kumar at the 2012 London Olympics.
Dahiya will now take on Russia’s Zour Uguev in the final on Thursday (August 5) and could potentially become India’s second individual gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics after Abhinav Bindra at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Under heavy pressure, in the final moments of the match, Dahiya again gathered all the power and caught his opponent with a double leg attack, which resulted in the victory. Despite the heavy pressure during the match, Dahiya did not panic, displayed tremendous mental strength and dramatically turned the bout in his favor. Dahiya was dominant in his previous matches as well. The 23-year-old wrestler had won both his previous matches on the same technical superiority.
Fourth-seeded Dahiya defeated Colombia’s Tigreros Urbano (13-2) and then went on to beat Bulgaria’s Georgi Valentinov Vangelov (14-4). He is the fifth Indian wrestler after KD Jadhav, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt and Sakshi Malik to win an Olympic medal.
Jadhav became India’s first wrestler and first individual Olympic medalist when he won a bronze medal during the 1952 Helsinki Games. After this victory of Dahiya, there is an atmosphere of celebration in his village. Along with this, people across the country are congratulating Dahiya on this achievement.