Dahiya wrestles his way into the finals, assuring India of at least a silver
- EP News Service
- Aug 04, 2021
NEW DELHI: India's freestyle wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya entered the men's freestyle 57 kg wrestling final by pinning Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev to win the semi-final bout at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Dahiya became the only second Indian wrestler in history after Sushil Kumar, who had entered the 2012 London Olympics final but ended up winning silver and is now assured of winning at least a silver medal for India in the game.
Starting with a lead of 2-1 in the first period, he trailed 2-9 in the second as Sanayev defied his head injury affecting super leg lace moves to roll Dhaiya over trice with a double-leg hold bagging quick 6 points on the score.
Although pinned down and with a huge deficit on points, almost staring his defeat Dahiya however did not lose his composure and did magic in the remaining one minute enough to turn the tide.