Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 13 Highlights: Indian men’s hockey team, Ravi Dahiya take India’s medal tally to 5
Tokyo Olympics 2021 India Events Schedule, Day 13: In the morning, India men's hockey team won bronze by beating mighty Germany 5-4, breaking their 41-year medal drought at the Olympics. Ravi Dahiya won a Silver medal after losing his final.
Tokyo Olympics 2021 Day 13 India Live Updates: Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia (l) will be playing their Medal matches on Thursday.
Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 13 Highlights: There was plenty of events in an action-packed Wednesday as India won two medals to take their overall tally from Tokyo 2020 to five. It all began with the men in blue defeating Germany 5-4 to win Olympics bronze. In an emotional day for India, Manpreet Singh’s men fought well and made a brilliant comeback to end their 41-year old medal drought, adding their 12th hockey medal to their history.
The most important clash of the day was between Ravi Dahiya and Zavur Uguev as India hoped for a historic gold medal. Dahiya was ruthless on Tuesday making an exciting comeback to qualify for the final. Ravi put on a massive fight in the final, just like in the semi, but eventually the Russian did enough to win 7-4. Deepak Punia, in a heartbreaking result for India, was leading in his Bronze medal match till the last 10 seconds, before losing 4-2.
Tokyo Olympics 2021 India, Day 13 Highlights: India win their first hockey medal in 41 years, beat Germany 5-4 to claim bronze; Vinesh Phogat loses in quarters
Across the string of akharas in outer Delhi and Haryana, Ravi Dahiya’s “jigar” (courage) is the stuff of legends. As part of their character building process, young wrestlers are told stories about the man who can be stopped only by the clock; whose relentless attacks suck the energy out of his opponents; and, whose ability to come back from the dead can put even Undertaker to shame.
Dahiya is just 23. But around these parts, he is a man with many myths.
On Wednesday, inside a mega convention hall just outside Tokyo, far removed from the dust bowls of Haryana, Dahiya added to his legend. The wrestler from Nahari, near Haryana’s Sonepat, ensured India’s fourth medal in Tokyo, a wrestling medal at the fourth successive Olympics, and a first final appearance in the sport since Sushil Kumar fought for gold in London in 2012.
Down 9-2 with less than two minutes to be played in the semifinal of the 57kg weight class, Dahiya also scripted a turnaround that will go down as one of the great Olympic moments in wrestling.
His opponent, the wily Kazakh Nurislam Sanayev, had used the “par terre” position — where Dahiya had his hands and knees to the ground with Sanayev grappling him from the back — to race to a seemingly insurmountable seven-point lead.
In an Olympic semifinal, it is rare for a wrestler to overcome such a deficit. But Dahiya stayed calm despite Sanayev, a two-time world medallist and reigning Asian champion, indulging in some gamesmanship, including sticking his teeth into Dahiya’s forearm. The Indian caught hold of the Kazakh’s left leg and rolled him over the mat before eventually pinning him in one of the most stunning takedowns these Games have so far seen.
Nurislam Sanayev of Kazakhstan reacts after losing against Ravi Kumar of India (Reuters)
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