Ravi Dahiya gives another silver lining to India’s Tokyo campaign

Ravi Dahiya put up a stirring fight against the fancied ROC wrestler Zavur Uguev
Ravi Dahiya put up a stirring fight against the fancied ROC wrestler Zavur Uguev.

The day which began on a high for India at Tokyo 2020 with a hard-fought win by the men’s hockey team after a gap of 41 years ended with wrestler Ravi Dahiya winning a silver medal in 57kg. He was defeated 7-4 in the final by Zaur Uguev of the Russian Olympic Committee. The wrestler made the entire country proud. This is the second silver medal in India’s Olympic history.

Deepak Punia lost a tight contest 2-4 to San Marino’s Myles Amine in the 86kg category and failed to win an Olympic medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Anshu Malik was eliminated in the 57kg category repechage bout after losing against Valeria Kobolova of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) by 1-5.

World No. 1 Vinesh Phogat did not advance to the women’s 53kg semifinals after losing by fall to Belarusian Vanesa Kaladzinskaya. The 26-year-old gave it her all during the second half but Vanesa managed to thwart off the Indian’s attack.

There was disappointment in athletics as well. Sandeep Kumar finished 23rd in the men’s 20km Race Walk final with a time of 1:25:07 while Rahul Rohilla, India’s other race walker, finished 47th in 1:42:06. KT Irfan finished 51st in 1:34:41 on Thursday.

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