India’s freestyle wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya has assured the country of yet another medal at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Despite being 9-2 down with the time running up, he defeated Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev on victory by fall. He had earlier defended his Asian Championship title in the 57kg weight division during the Asian Wrestling Championships.
On his way to the semis in the Asian Championship, Dahiya had registered an easy 9-2 win in his quarterfinal bout against Nodirojn Safarov of Uzbekistan before a dominant 11-0 win over Ali Aburumaila of Palestine in the semis. He had then cruised to a 9-4 win to defend his Asian Championship in the final over Alireza Sarlak of Iran. Fans are hoping for nothing but gold now at the Olympics given that he is shown his potential in the past.
Dahiya will face Zaur Uguev of Russia in the final on Thursday (August 5) and can become India’s second-ever individual gold medallist at Tokyo Olympics after Abhinav Bindra back in 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Ahead of the final, here is all you need to know about Ravi Kumar Dahiya.
Name: Ravi Kumar Dahiya
Born: 12 December 1997
Birthplace: Nahri, Sonipat
Height: 1.7 m (5.57 ft)
Weight: 57 kg
Coach: Satpal Singh
Ravi Kumar Dahiya has won the first wrestling championship in 2015 and later in the 2019 Nur-Sultan game (world championship) in 57 kg category. He later won the Asian Championship in the year 2020 and defended in 2021 where he clinched the gold. Moreover, Ravi also won a medal at the World U23 championships in 2018 after bagging a silver at the 2015 Junior World Wrestling Championship.
Has Ravi Kumar Dahiya been included in TOPS?
Yes, Ravi Kumar Dahiya is a part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) ever since the year 2019.