Ravi Kumar Dahiya

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  • Première participation
    Tokyo 2020
  • Année de naissance
    1997
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Ravi Kumar Dahiya

An Olympics silver-medallist, a world championships bronze-medallist and twice Asian champion, Ravi Kumar Dahiya is one of India’s finest wrestlers of recent times.

On his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, Ravi Kumar Dahiya became only the second Indian wrestler - after Sushil Kumar - to win an Olympic silver and the sixth Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal.

At Tokyo, Ravi Kumar Dahiya began with dominating wins over Colombia’s Oscar Tigreros and Bulgarian Georgi Vangelov to make the men’s 57kg semi-finals.

In the last four, the Indian wrestler pulled off arguably the most impressive victory of his Olympic campaign.

Trailing 9-5 against Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev with barely a minute left, Ravi Kumar Dahiya scored a two-point takedown and then pinned his opponent, earning a memorable victory by fall.

In the final, he fell to two-time world champion Zaur Uguev of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) but had done enough to return home with a historic silver medal.

The medal was certainly the biggest of the youngster’s career. But according to the people in his village of Nahri in Haryana, Ravi Kumar Dahiya had only realised his destiny.

Born on 12 December, 1997, Ravi Kumar Dahiya was introduced to wrestling at a very young age. His father Rakesh and both uncles were wrestlers and the sport was a way of life in his village.

Ravi Kumar Dahiya competed regularly in his village before heading to New Delhi’s Chhatrasal stadium at the age of 12.

The Chhatrasal stadium is considered India’s best wrestling school, where two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt had trained, among several others.

Ravi Kumar Dahiya, a shy but gritty kid, trained hard under two-time Commonwealth champion Arun Dahiya but was unable to win a lot of titles early in his career.

It was discovered that Ravi Kumar Dahiya was anaemic (iron deficiency) and after that was treated, the youngster soon started fulfilling his talent.

Competing in the 57kg category, Ravi Kumar Dahiya won the junior national title in 2015 and a few months later, won silver in the world junior championship.

A knee injury, and subsequent surgery, in 2017 kept him out of action for a year but Ravi Kumar Dahiya soon bounced back with a silver at the 2018 World U23 Championships.

On his debut world championships in 2019, Ravi Kumar Dahiya beat former champion Yuki Takahashi en route to a bronze medal and earned a quota place for the Tokyo Olympics.

In 2020, Ravi Kumar Dahiya won gold at the Asian championships and later defended his title in 2021.

While an Olympic silver medal is no mean feat, Ravi Kumar Dahiya’s real target is to win the coveted Olympic gold. Trust the Indian grappler to give it his all at the next Olympics in Paris 2024.

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