Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Ravi Dahiya on Sunday clinched the gold medal in the finals of the Yasar Dogu Ranking Series in Istanbul.
Ravi Dahiya wins gold at Yasar Dogu ranking series (Twitter Photo)
- Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Ravi Dahiya clinched the gold medal
- Ravi Dahiya defeated Uzbekistan’s Gulomjon Abdullaev 11-10
- Deepak Punia, Aman and Gyanendra secured bronze medals
Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Ravi Dahiya defeated Uzbekistan’s Gulomjon Abdullaev 11-10 in the 61 kg finals to win gold in the Yasar Dogu Ranking Series in Istanbul. After trailing 8-10 against Abdullaev, Dahiya stood better in his last move and ended the bout on a happy note for himself.
The silver medallist had earlier won against Iran’s Mohammadbagher Esmaeil Yakhkeshi in the semi-final clash of the tournament. Apart from him, wrestler Deepak Punia defeated Kazakhstan’s Elkhan Assadov 7-1 in the bronze medal round of 92kg while Aman and Gyanendra also settled for bronze in 57kg and 60kg category, respectively.
Notably, Ravi Dahiya had become only the second Indian wrestler to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games after he lost the men’s freestyle 57kg title clash 4-7 to reigning world champion Zavur Uguev in Tokyo.However, the 23-year-old was not satisfied with his medal as he wanted to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
“I do feel good for the silver but I could have done better. I tried my best to win the gold but missed out by a small margin,” said Ravi Dahiya.
Ravi rose to prominence when he qualified for the Tokyo Games with a bronze medal-winning effort at the 2019 World Championship in Nur Sultan. Ravi started wrestling at the Hansraj Brahmchari akhada in the Nahri village and later shifted to Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi.Nahri village is home to two Olympic wrestlers, Mahavir Singh (1980 Moscow) and Amit Kumar Dahiya (2012 London).