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Wrestling at CWG 2022: Ravi Kumar Dahiya wins maiden Games gold, Pooja Gehlot finishes with bronze

Tokyo Olympic medalist and ace wrestler Ravi Kumar Dahiya Malik defeated Ebikewenimo Welson of Nigeria 10-0 within the ultimate of the Men’s Freestyle 57kg to win his maiden Commonwealth Games gold on Saturday. Star Indian wrestler Dahiya was a category aside within the summit conflict as he didn’t concede any factors en path to the gold medal present within the 57kg class.

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Notably, Ravi had received the silver medal after dropping 7-4 to World champion Zaur Uguev of Russia within the keenly-fought males’s 57kg freestyle title conflict at the Tokyo Olympics. His medal, within the males’s 57kg freestyle, was solely India’s second silver in wrestling at the Olympics after Sushil Kumar’s triumph in London 2012.

Welson, a three-time Commonwealth Games medallist, seemed to go on the assault early on however Ravi defended properly. A minute into the bout, Ravi Dahiya caught maintain of the Nigerian’s legs and executed a fitele to rake in eight factors. A ‘fitele’ is a transfer in wrestling the place one grappler catches maintain of their opponent’s ankles and twirls them round in fast succession to attain fast factors.

Welson rolled out of the ring to flee a direct defeat, however the Indian wrestler picked up two extra factors quickly after play resumed and received by technical superiority.


On the opposite hand, former world junior silver medallist Pooja Gehlot needed to accept a bronze medal within the girls’s 50kg freestyle wrestling occasion. The podium end at Birmingham 2022 was the primary main senior worldwide medal for the 25-year-old Indian.

In the medal bout, the Scotswoman scored first to take a 2-0 lead, however Pooja Gehlot got here roaring again and scored 10 factors in fast succession in direction of the tip of the primary interval. Shortly after the restart, the Indian wrapped up the affair to win the bout by technical superiority.


Born on December 12, 1997, within the village of Nahri in Sonipat, Haryana, Ravi Kumar Dahiya’s early introduction to wrestling hardly got here as a shock. Before lengthy, a younger Ravi Dahiya left residence to stroll a really related path to most Indian wrestlers of worldwide renown do. His subsequent cease was New Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium, Indian wrestling’s coveted faculty for the gifted.

At the Chhatrasal Stadium, Ravi Dahiya got here beneath the affect of legendary coach Satpal Singh, who had additionally mentored the likes of Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt. While coach Satpal performed a serious function in moulding Ravi right into a high wrestler, one other man who contributed equally, if no more, to Ravi Dahiya’s rise was his father, Rakesh Dahiya.

A lease farmer with out his personal land, Rakesh Dahiya was pushed to the restrict to make ends meet. But when it got here to supporting Ravi Dahiya’s goals of turning into a wrestler, Rakesh was as tenacious as Ravi is now on the mat.

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