IMAGE: Ravi Kumar Dahiya was in fine form in his gold medal match against Kazakhstan’s Rakhat Kalzhan. Photograph: Kind Courtesy SAI/Twitter
Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya clinched his third straight Asian Championship gold medal with a dominating performance in the 57kg category, winning the title clash by technical superiority against Kazakhstan’s Rakhat Kalzhan, Mongolia on Saturday.
Ravi, the Tokyo Olympics silver medallist, conceded early lead in all his bouts, but bounced back in tremendous fashion to outsmart his rivals in the men’s freestyle event.
It was his second final of the season, having won a silver at the Dan Kolov event in February.
Ravi, who hails from Nahri village in Sonepat, yet again showed his immense physical prowess and tactical superiority when he outsmarted Japan’s Rikuto Arai (VSU) and pulled off a comprehensive 12-5 win over Mongolia’s Zanabazar Zandanbud en route the final.
In the title clash, Kalzhan moved ahead with a take-down and for considerable time did not let the Indian make any move. However, true to his style, Ravi began to dominate the bout with his unmatched class.
He effected six consecutive two-pointers and saved himself from a left-leg attack to finish the bout early in the second period to secure India’s first gold medal of the tournament this year.
Ravi had won gold at the 2020 edition in Delhi and in Almaty last year.