Asian Wrestling Championships: Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya won the Asian Championship with a dominating performance against Rakht Kaljan of Kazakhstan here on Saturday.
Asian Wrestling Championships 2022: Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya won the Asian Championships while returning veteran Bajrang Punia settled for a silver medal with a dominating performance against Kazakhstan's Rakht Kaljan, here on Saturday. . In this way all the five male wrestlers of India were successful in winning medals in this competition.
Indian wrestlers amazing
Tokyo Olympic medalist Ravi Dahiya won the final here on technical superiority and claimed his third consecutive gold medal. Gaurav Baliyan (79kg) also put in an impressive performance but missed the final on his way to victory. Two other Indian wrestlers Satyawart Kadian (97kg) and Naveen (70kg) won bronze medals. Ravi, a Tokyo Olympic silver medalist, had lost the lead in all his matches initially, but came back in a spectacular fashion to beat all his rivals in the men's freestyle event. It was his second final of the season. He won a silver medal in the Dan Kolov event in February.
Ravi came out of a small village in Haryana
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 spectacular victory. 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 according to his style, Ravi started dominating the match due to his technical superiority. He scored six consecutive 'two-pointers' and saved himself from a 'left-leg attack' during which the match ended early in the second period and India won the tournament's first gold medal this year. Ravi won a gold medal in the 2020 edition in Delhi and also in Almaty last year.
Bajrang Punia misses out on gold
Bajrang, who is playing a competitive match for the first time after winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, did not look in full swing here. He seemed to be resorting to more defensive play than attack. His game also lacked aggression against Uzbekistan's Abbos Rakhmonov and Brunei's Haji Mohammad Ali before the final. Bajrang never looked dominant in the final against Iran's current junior champion Rahman Moussa Amouzadkhali. The Iranian wrestler made a strong grip on the wrist with Bajrang's upper body. Rahman scored two points with an attack on Bajrang's right leg and ended the Indian wrestler's chance of a comeback.This was Bajrang's eighth medal at the Asian Championships. India has won a total of 15 medals including one gold and four silver in this continental championship.