Ravi Kumar loses final; Silver glitter in wrestling

Tokyo: India’s sixth medal in Olympic wrestling history.
India has so far won two silver and three bronze medals in Tokyo. The total medal haul was five. This is India’s first medal in Tokyo wrestling. India’s second silver medal in Olympic wrestling. Earlier, Sushil Kumar had won silver. India’s sixth medal in Olympic wrestling history.
India wins silver in Olympic wrestling In the men’s 57 kg freestyle event, India’s Ravi Kumar Dahiya lost in the final. The Russian Olympic Committee lost to Sor Ugu. Sore Ugyu won 7-4 on technical points. While the Russian Olympic Committee player scored four technical points in the first period, Ravi Kumar scored only two points. In the second period too, Sour Ugyu led the way in technical points.

Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar won the silver medal in men’s freestyle 57kg after losing to Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Zavur Uguev in the final at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. The ROC wrestler won the bout 7-4 on points.

Ravi Kumar, who had reached the final by beating Sanayev Nurislam of Kazakhstan in the semifinal, found Uguev, a two-time World Champion, too strong and too determined to win the gold. The Russian won early points and then defended strongly, without giving Ravi Kumar many chances. Ravi Kumar won India’s second silver medal in the Olympics after Sushil Kumar who won in 66kg freestyle in the London Olympics in 2012.

Ravi Kumar is the fifth Indian wrestler after KD Jadhav, Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, and Sakshi Malik to finish on the Olympic podium.

Uguev got the first point of the bout after a tense start that saw both wrestlers defending really well. Uguev pushed the Indian wrestler out of the playing area twice in the initial minutes of the first round to take a 2-0 lead.

Ravi made a good comeback by picking up 2 points but the ROC wrestler immediately went into the advantage as he took 2 points to go up 4-2. Ravi tried to make a comeback in the first period but the score remained 4-2 in favour of Uguev at the break.

Uguev pushed the Indian out again to go up 5-2 in the second period. Ravi tried a move to make a comeback but the ROC wrestler defended really well. Uguev went up 7-2 but Ravi picked up two points to make it 4-7.

Ravi tried very hard but Uguev held on to eventually win 7-4

Ravi had reached the finals by toppling Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan, a former World Championships silver-medallist, in the semis. He had come back from 2-9 down to achieve a victory by fall.

The 23-year-old Indian had beaten Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov in the quarters (14-4) and Colombia’s Oscar Tigreros in the round of 16 (13-2) by technical superiority.


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