Tokyo Olympics: Wrestler Ravi Dahiya brings silver for India; netizens call him 'a legend'

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Thursday, August 05, 2021, 05:12 PM IST
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Wrestler Ravi Dahiya | Photo: Twitter

Ravi Dahiya on Thursday became only the second Indian wrestler to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games after he lost the men's freestyle 57kg title clash 4-7 to reigning world champion Zavur Uguev here.

There were expectations that the 23-year Dahiya would become India's youngest Olympic champion but the Russian defended well to win comfortably.

Dahiya had lost to Uguev at the 2019 World Championship also.

The wrestler from Nahri village in Haryana had outclassed Colombia's Tigreros Urbano (13-2) in his opener and then outwitted Bulgaria's Georgi Valentinov Vangelov (14-4) in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, he erased a massive 2-9 deficit to pin Nurislam Sanayev.

Sushil Kumar, who is now in jail on charges of a murder, is the only other Indian wrestler to have made the final at Olympics.

India now have five Olympic medal-winning wrestlers.

On this happy occasion, India erupted into virtual celebrations. Taking pride, Indians sent love and wishes to Dahiya on social media.

Here's what people are saying. Have a look.

With inputs from PTI.

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