Ravi Kumar Dahiya fell short of winning an Olympic gold medal following a 7-4 loss to Zaur Uguev of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) at the Tokyo 2020 57kg freestyle wrestling final on Thursday.

Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) athlete ruled the early stages of the second period and was up 5-2 but 23-year-old Ravi, who is a two-time Asian Champion, kept battling and managed to claw back two points before Uguev closed out the bout 7-4.

While Ravi Dahiya was trailing 2-4 after the first period in the gold medal bout. Uguev then increased his lead to 7-2 but the Indian wrestler didn’t give in and came howling back to win two points and reduce the deficit to three points. Dahiya then went for the kill, looking to score more points but his Russian opponent’s defence held firm.

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) athlete Zavur Uguev on the road to the gold medal, he had also beaten in the semifinal the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Reza Atrinagharchi 8-3, and in earlier rounds Uzbekistan’s Gulomjon Abdullaev 6-6 and USA’s Thomas Gilman 5-4

Patrick Gilman wins a bronze medal after beating Atrinagharchi 9-1. The second bronze was won by Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev who sealed a 5-1 victory over Bulgaria’s Georgi Vangelov.

Ravi 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.

The legendary KD Jadhav won bronze at the 1952 Games before Sushil Kumar won bronze and silver medal wins at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 respectively.

Yogeshwar Dutt won bronze at the London Games after which Sakshi Malik won bronze at Rio 2016, making her the first, and thus far only, Indian female wrestler to win an Olympic medal.

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