Indian wrestlers Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Deepak Punia have entered the semi-finals of their respective weight categories. They are now one win away from the medals. Securing a win in the Semi-finals can guarantee a Silver Medal or a Gold Medal. Alternatively, If they lose in the semi-finals, a win in the repechage match can secure a bronze medal for the nation.
Ravi Kumar Dahiya entered the semi-finals of the 57 KG category in wrestling at the Tokyo Olympics with a win over Georgi Vangelov of Bulgaria. Ravi Kumar dominated the match throughout and had a score of 14-4 before he was adjudged the winner via technical superiority.
Deepak Punia, meanwhile, had a tense quarter-final against Lin Zushen of China. The score was 3-3 heading into the last seconds and Deepak managed to secure 2 points in the closing seconds to secure a place in the semi-finals. Although the last two points were challenged, it was ruled in favor of India to give a score of 6-3 to the Indian wrestler. Both Ravi and Deepak are now one win away from the medal at the Olympics.
Journey to the Quarter-Finals: Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Deepak Punia
Ravi Kumar Dahiya cruised into the Quarter-Finals with a win over Tigreros Urbano of Colombia in the Round of 16. Ravi had a comfortable showing in the matchup and had a score of 13-2 in his favor.
Deepak Punia had a strong showing in the Round of 16 against E Agiomor of Nigeria. The Nigerian had an early push in the first round but Deepak left no room for mistakes and completely dominated to get the win and a place in the quarter-finals.
Anshu Malik waiting for Repechage chance, Sonam Malik bows out
Last day, Sonam Malik saw her campaign at the Olympics end as she suffered a defeat Bolortuya Khurelkhuu of Mongolia of Mongolia in the Women’s Freestyle 62 KG Round of 16. Sonam also lost the possibility of Repechage as Khurelkhuu lost in the Quarter-Finals.
Anshu Malik gave a tough fight to Iryna Kurachkina of Bulgaria in the Round of 16 but ended up losing the fight 8-2. Anshu, however, will have a Repechage chance for Bronze Medal if Kurachkina qualifies for the final.
India has a team of 7 wrestlers at the Tokyo Olympics this year with the likes of Seema Bisla, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat yet to compete in their respective categories.
History of Indian Wrestlers at Tokyo Olympics
When we look into the history books, India has won five medals in wrestling so far in the Olympics. The first medal came back in 1952 in Helsinki when Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav took home the Bronze Medal in the Freestyle Bantamweight category.
Sushil Kumar then won two medals at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics respectively. The fourth medal came thanks to Yogeshwar Dutt at the 2012 Olympics when Sakshi Malik became the latest medal winner for India in wrestling as she clinched the Bronze Medal in the 2016 London Olympics.
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