Tokyo Olympics-Bound Ravi Dahiya Bags Silver At Poland Open


Olympic-bound Ravi Dahiya could not profit from a tiring Gulomjon Abdullaev in the last after outclassing the same Uzbek wrestler in his opening round and settled for a silver medal at the Poland Open in Warsaw on Wednesday. Ravi went for several double-leg and correct leg attacks but Abdullaev stayed strong in his defence, showing huge improvement from his first round drubbing. None of his attempts fructified but Ravi did not appear to have a plan B and instead conceded points on counter-attack. The Uzbekistan grappler was once gasping for breath in the second one period but Ravi still could not breach his defence and eventually missing the title conflict 3-5.

In his preceding bouts, Ravi had outlasted his opponents, who missing steam by the point second period began. Then again, it did not work in the last.

All his opponents attacked his left leg over and over but Ravi, the reigning Asian champion and 2019 World Championship bronze medallist grappler’s superior stamina pulled him through in his bouts.

Competing in only his second competition of the season, Ravi began with an easy 10-1 win over Abdullaev but struggled against Kazakhsthan’s Adlan Askarov before prevailing 13-8.

He sealed his spot in the semifinals with a 9-5 win over American Nathan Khalid Tomasello, who like Ravi, typically, competes in 57kg.

Ravi then reached the last with a 7-4 win over Iran’s Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharchi. The most challenging bout for Ravi turned out to be his second round duel against Askarov. It was once all approximately stamina and power as the Indian effected a dramatic turnaround after trailing 0-8 to win against the Kazakh.

Askarov, the Asian Championship silver medallist, stunned Ravi with a flurry of double-leg attacks as the Indian was once struggling to negotiate with the Kazakh wrestler’s fast moves.

Even as Ravi got himself positioned for counter attacks, he could not implement them. It was once a extraordinary sight to see Ravi struggling and his defence falling apart. He was once just one move and two points absent from an embarrassing defeat by technical superiority.

Then again, his rival missing steam in the second one period and Ravi took good thing about that to pull off take-down moves one after another to log 13 straight points.

In Round 3, he easily whip Tomasello though he allowed the American to receive hold of his left leg. Out of the five points conceded, three were step-outs when Tomasello could not total the throw but managed to drag Ravi out of the arena.

His leg defence was once shaky again but Ravi’s stamina yet again pulled him through.


He prevailed 7-4 against Iran’s Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharchi, who had the Indian in a spot by locking his left leg more than one times. Then again, the Iranian was once not left with much energy towards the end.

Deepak Punia had withdrawn from the 86kg competition on Tuesday because of an elbow injury. Vinesh Phogat (53kg) and Anshu Malik (57kg) will present their challenge in the Ranking Series event on Friday.

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