Wrestling Championship: Ravi Dahiya won gold in Asian Championship, created history by winning third consecutive title

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In this final match held on Saturday 23 April, Ravi Kumar made a comeback after losing the beginning and won the title by defeating the Kazakh wrestler 12-2 on the basis of technical superiority. However, India’s second big hope of gold and top wrestler Bajrang Punia missed out on coming close to the title. In the final of 65 kg freestyle held on Saturday itself, Bajrang was defeated 3-1 by Rahman Amuzdakhalili of Iran. Due to this, Bajrang had to be content with the silver medal.

come back from behind in every round

Last year, for the first time in the Olympics (Tokyo 2022), Ravi Dahiya won the silver medal. After that, Ravi, who was out of the mat for a long time, made a comeback this year. Ravi, playing in his second tournament of the season, had lost the lead in his matches in every round but he came back in a spectacular manner to beat all the rivals in the event. It was his second final of the season. He won a silver medal in the Dan Kolov event in February.

Olympic silver medalist Ravi, who hails from Nahari village in Sonipat, once again displayed his physical stamina and strategic superiority, beating Rikuto Arai of Japan first in the men’s 57kg freestyle and then 12-5 at Janabazar Jandanbud of Mongolia. Made a place in the finals by registering a resounding victory.

History created by hat-trick of gold

In the title clash, Kaljan was ahead of the take down and for a long time he did not allow the Indian wrestler to take any points. But in keeping with his style, Ravi started dominating the match thanks to his technical superiority. He scored six consecutive two-pointers and saved himself from a left-leg attack to end the match early in the second period. Gaya and India won the first gold medal of the tournament this year. Ravi won a gold medal in the 2020 edition in Delhi and also in Almaty last year. In this way, he created history by scoring a hat-trick of gold in this championship. He became the first Indian to win three gold medals.

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