India won two medals to take their overall tally from Tokyo 2020 to five as the Olympics near the Games' conclusion. Ravi Kumar Dahiya grabbed silver in the 57 kg category, whilr the men's hockey team also defeated Germany 5-4 to win an Olympic bronze to end their 41-year old medal drought, adding a 12th hockey medal to their history.
Dahiya put on a massive fight against Zavur Uguev in the final but eventually the Russian did enough to win 7-4. The son of a farmer, Ravi is the third Olympian to emerge from the village of Nahari after Mahavir Singh (1980 Moscow, 1984 Los Angeles) and Amit Dahiya (London 2012).
"Ravi Kumar Dahiya is a remarkable wrestler! His fighting spirit and tenacity are outstanding. Congratulations to him for winning the Silver Medal at Tokyo 2020. India takes great pride in his accomplishments," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
Earlier in the week, Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) brought home India's then-second bronze medal as she went down swinging in her 69kg welterweight semifinal against Busenaz Surmeneli.
The women’s hockey team will be up against Great Britain in the Bronze medal match (7 am IST) in the first medal match today. In wrestling. Bajrang Punia (starts at 8 am), who is one of the top contenders for a medal, and Seema Bisla will begin their campaigns.