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Ravi Dahiya secured India’s second silver medal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the men’s 56kg freestyle wrestling. Ravi fought and lost the gold medal bout against Zavur Uguev of the Russian Olympic Committee. And although a silver is a stupendous achievement for the 23-year-old, he was nevertheless left heartbroken for having lost the finals.

In the opening round Ravi was trailing 0-2, but then managed to draw level only to then fall behind 2-4 by the halfway mark. Post-interval Zavur once again began on an aggressive note and raced to a 7-2 lead. Ravi tried his hardest to make a comeback in the contest and brought the deficit down to 7-4, but eventually ran out of time.

Ravi may have lost the finals and the gold, but it wasn’t before he gave the Russian wrestling a tough fight in the contest.

Speaking after the bout, Ravi said that the while he was happy with the silver but added that he felt he could have done better.

“There were probably some shortcomings today. I tried my best to win the gold but missed out by a small margin,” admitted Ravi.

Having secured the silver, Ravi becomes only the second Indian wrestler to secure a silver medal at an Olympics. He joins Sushil Kumar and Sakhshi Malik as the winners of medals in wrestling.

 

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