Tokyo Olympics: Wrestler Ravi Kumar in final, assures India of a medal
- Ravi Kumar beat Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan
- Ravi Kumar Dahiya was competing in the men's freestyle 57kg category
- He has assured India of at least a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya put up an inspirational performance to register a brilliant victory and come back to enter the men's freestyle 57kg final at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, on Wednesday. He sensationally turned around the 57kg semifinal by pinning Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev.
Ravi Kumar, who was trailing in the match, gave it his all in the dying seconds of the game to record a big victory for India and assured India of at least a silver.
With this, he became only the second Indian wrestler to qualify for the gold medal clash at the Summer Games.
The fourth-seeded Indian was trailing 2-9 when Sanayev effected a few 'fitley' (leg lace) moves to pull ahead but as the clock ticked away, Dahiya regrouped and got hold of his rival with a double leg attack that resulted in a victory by fall.
Before this, Sushil Kumar was the only Indian to make the gold medal bout in the 2012 London Games and settle for a silver medal.
The 23-year Dahiya had won both his previous bouts on technical superiority en route to the final.
Dahiya outclassed Colombia's Tigreros Urbano (13-2) in his opener and then outwitted Bulgaria's Georgi Valentinov Vangelov (14-4).
KD Jadhav had become India's first wrestler -- and the first individual Olympic medallist -- to win a bronze at the 1952 Helsinki Games.
After that, Sushil enhanced wrestling's profile by winning a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games and changed the colour of the medal by claiming a historic silver at the 2012 London Olympics.
That made Sushil India's only athlete with two individual Olympic medals for nine years, a feat that has now been matched by shuttler PV Sindhu.
In the same 2012 London Games, Yohesgwar Dutt won a bronze.
Sakshi Malik became the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal when she took a bronze in the 2016 Rio Games.