Ravi Kumar Dahiya (born 12 December 1997), also known as Ravi Kumar or Ravi Dahiya, is an Indian freestyle wrestler who won a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 57 kg category. Dahiya is also a bronze medallist from 2019 World Wrestling Championships and a three-time Asian champion. In the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, he won the gold medal in the men's 57kg freestyle wrestling category at Birmingham, England.
|Born||12 December 1997|
Nahri, Sonipat district, Haryana, India
|Height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight class||57 kg|
Ravi was born on 12 December 1997 and hails from the village Nahri in Sonipat district, Haryana. Since age 10, Dahiya was trained by Satpal Singh at the Chhatrasal Stadium in North Delhi. His father Rakesh Dahiya, a small farmer, would travel around 39 km every day from their village to the Chhatrasal stadium to deliver fresh milk and fruits, which were part of his wrestling diet, for more than a decade. Ravi is a devotee of Lord Shiva.
Dahiya started wrestling in his early teens and won the silver medal in the 2015 Junior World Wrestling Championships at Salvador de Bahia in the 55 kg freestyle category. He picked up an injury in 2017 which kept him out of action for more than a year. In his comeback year, he won the silver medal at the 2018 World U23 Wrestling Championship in Bucharest, India's only medal at the competition, in the 57 kg category. Dahiya remained unbeaten at the 2019 Pro Wrestling League, representing the title winning team, Haryana Hammers.
In his World Championships debut in 2019, Dahiya defeated the European champion Arsen Harutyunyan in the round of 16, and the 2017 world champion Yuki Takahashi in the quarterfinal, to earn one of the six available quota places for the 2020 Summer Olympics. He lost to defending champion and eventual gold medalist Zaur Uguev in the semifinal round. However, he managed to take the bronze after defeating Reza Atri of Iran. On the back of his medal win, Dahiya was included in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports' Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in October 2019.
At the 2020 Summer Olympics, Dahiya won his first two bouts on technical superiority. In the semifinal, he pinned the Kazakh wrestler Nurislam Sanayev down in the final minute to win by fall, after trailing in the bout on points. There were reports that Dahiya endured a bite from his opponent, Nurislam Sanayev in the semi-final match. In the final, Dahiya had to settle for silver as he was defeated 4–7 on points by ROC wrestler Zaur Uguev. Dahiya became the second Indian wrestler to win an Olympic silver after Sushil Kumar.
At the 2022 Yasar Dogu Tournament, he won the gold medal after defeating Uzbek Gulomjon Abdullaev 11–10 in the final. At the 2022 World Wrestling Championships, he lost to Uzbekistan's Gulomjon Abdullaev in the pre-quarterfinals.
Awards and recognitionEdit
For winning the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics
|2021||2020 Summer Olympics||Tokyo||57 kg||Zaur Uguev (RUS)|
|2019||2019 World Wrestling Championships||Nur-sultan||57 kg||Reza Atri (IRI)|
|2022||2022 World Wrestling Championships||Belgrade||57 kg||6th||Gulomjon Abdullaev (UZB)|
U23 World ChampionshipEdit
|2018||2018 World U23 Wrestling Championships||Bucharest||57 kg||Toshihiro Hasegawa (JPN)|
World Junior ChampionshipEdit
|2015||2015 World Junior Wrestling Championships||Salvador da bhahia||56 kg||Mahir Amiraslanov (AZE)|
|2022||2022 Commonwealth Games||Birmingham||57 kg||Ebikewenimo Welson (NGR)|
Asian Wrestling ChampionshipEdit
|2022||2022 Asian Wrestling Championships||Ulanbaatar||57kg||Rakhat Kalzhan (KAZ)|
|2021||2021 Asian Wrestling Championships||Almaty||57kg||Alireza Nosratolah Sarlak (IRI)|
|2020||2020 Asian Wrestling Championships||New Delhi||57kg||Hikmatullo Vohidov (TJK)|
|2019||2019 Asian Wrestling Championships||Xi'an||57kg||5th||Kang Kum-song (PRK)|
Record against opponentsEdit
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