India celebrates wrestler Ravi Dahiya's entry into Tokyo Olympics final
- India's Ravi Kumar Dahiya will face ROC's Zavur Uguev in the men's freestyle 57kg final
- He became only the second Indian wrestler to qualify for the title clash at the Olympic Games
- He is now only the fifth Indian wrestler to have won an Olympic medal
Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya defeated Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev in the semi-finals of the men's Freestyle 57 kg wrestling at Tokyo Olympics 2020, assuring at least a silver medal for the country by qualifying for the final. The 23-year-old wrestler from Haryana stormed into the semis earlier today by defeating Bulgaria's Georgi Vangelo. India is celebrating yet another win at the Olympics, Haryana in particular.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya will face ROC’s Zavur Uguev in the final.
In a video posted by news agency ANI, family members and villagers of the wrestler from Sonipat stood up and started shouting, clapping, and dancing as soon as Dahiya struck his winning move in the match.
"It feels like Diwali today. He has made Haryana, our village Nahri & the nation proud. Ravi's win is India's win. It's indeed a big deal to come so far... History will be scripted tomorrow, he will clinch a gold medal for us," Ravi Kumar’s father Rakesh Dahiya said, while celebrating the victory of his son.
“Dramatic comeback by Ravi Kumar Dahiya!” tweeted Minister Kiren Rijiju.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya made a confident start to his Tokyo Olympics campaign, winning by technical superiority against Colombia's Tigreros Urbano to reach the men's freestyle 57kg quarterfinals on Wednesday.
In his usual dominant self, Dahiya won both his bouts on technical superiority to set up a 57kg semi-final clash with Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan.
Earlier, the fourth-seeded Dahiya outclassed Colombia's Tigreros Urbano (13-2) in his opener and then outwitted Bulgaria's Georgi Valentinov Vangelov (14-4).