Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed Ravi Kumar Dahiya’s “spirit and tenacity” after the wrestler bagged the silver medal for India at Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya lost his 57kg final bout against Zavur Uguev of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to end up with the silver medal, the second one for India at the Tokyo Games after weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s silver medal.
Ravi Kumar is only the second Indian wrestler after Sushil Kumar to clinch a silver medal at the Olympics. He is also the fifth medal winner in this Games after Mirabai Chanu, PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain, the men’s hockey team, and Ravi Kumar Dahiya.
“Ravi Kumar Dahiya is a remarkable wrestler! His fighting spirit and tenacity are outstanding. Congratulations to him for winning the Silver Medal at #Tokyo2020. India takes great pride in its accomplishments,” PM Narendra Modi tweeted.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya is a remarkable wrestler! His fighting spirit and tenacity are outstanding. Congratulations to him for winning the Silver Medal at #Tokyo2020. India takes great pride in his accomplishments.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2021
PM Modi also spoke to Ravi Kumar on the phone after the bout. While Congratulating Ravi, PM said that India is proud of him and that his success inspires the entire nation. He complemented Ravi for his hard work and also said he looks forward to personally congratulating him on the 15th of August.
Ravi Kumar was trailing 0-2 in the first round before he bounced back to level the score but the round ended with Uguev ahead 4-2.
Uguev then raced to a 7-2 lead before Ravi Kumar fought back with 2 more points but couldn’t overturn the 3-point deficit in the end and lost the bout, but not without giving the Russian a tough fight.
Ravi Kumar is the fourth Indian male wrestler, and fifth overall, to win a medal at the Olympics. His medal also marks the fourth consecutive medal for India at the Olympics in wrestling.
RAVI KUMAR’S ROAD TO THE FINAL
Ravi reached the gold medal match after pinning Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev in the semi-final. Ravi had gone 9-2 down in the match but managed to hold up his defence to arrest the slide. He got hold of his rival with a double leg attack that resulted in a victory by fall.
The 23-year-old had won both his previous bouts on technical superiority en route to the final. Ravi outclassed Colombia’s Tigreros Urbano (13-2) in his opener and then outwitted Bulgaria’s Georgi Valentinov Vangelov (14-4).