Ravi Kumar Dahiya’s name has been etched in history forever after the Indian wrestler won a silver medal at Tokyo 2020 in men’s freestyle wrestling in the 57kg category on Thursday. Sushil Kumar was the first wrestler from India to have won a silver medal at London 2012 in men's freestyle wrestling 66kg category.
In fact, Ravi Kumar Dahiya is the youngest Indian wrestler to have won a medal at the Olympic Games as he is 23 years and seven months old. Previously, Sakshi Malik held the record as she won a bronze at Rio 2016 aged 23 years and 11 months
He is the seventh Indian to win a silver medal at the Olympics in an individual event.
In the final against ROC's Zaur Ugeyev, he lost the bout 7-4 and finished second on the podium.
On Wednesday, Dahiya won three bouts which assured him of at least a silver medal. He won his first bout against Colombia’s Oscar Tigreros 13-2 by technical superiority. This was followed by yet another stunning performance as he downed Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov 14-2, once again winning by technical superiority.
However, the going got really tough in the semi-finals as he came up against Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev. In the bout, the Kazakhstan wrestler took a lead of 9-2 and it looked that Dahiya would bow out of the game and miss out on the chance of booking a berth in the final.
Dahiya refused to throw in the towel despite less than two minutes on the clock and completed a superb turnaround. He won five points and took the momentum away from his opponent. Thereafter, he pinned Sanayev and won by ‘fall’ to make it into the final.
Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt and Sakshi Malik are the other Indians who have won a medal at the Olympics. Sushil is the only wrestler to have won consecutive medals at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.