Olympian Ravi Dahiya was unable to take advantage of a tiring Gulomjon Abdullaev in the final when he overcame the same Uzbek fighter in his opening round and won a silver medal at the Polish Open in Warsaw on Wednesday. Ravi made several double-leg and right-leg attacks, but Abdullaev continued to be strong in his defense, showing great improvement in his first round. Not a single attempt was fruitful, but Ravi had no plan B and received points on the counterattack. The Uzbek fighter was breathing for the second time, but Ravi was unable to break through the defense and eventually lost the Clash 3-5 title.
In previous fights, Ravi overcame his opponent as he lost steam when the second half began. However, it didn’t work out in the final.
All of his opponents repeatedly attacked his left leg, but Ravi, the current Asian champion and bronze medalist at the 2019 World Championships, pushed the grappler’s misfortune into his struggles.
He only competed in the second competition of the season. Ravi won 10-1 easily with Abdullaev, but fought Kazakhstan’s Adlan Askarov before winning 13-8.
Nathi Khalid Tomasello, who sealed his place in the semi-finals, beat American 9-5, usually like Ravi, to compete in the 57 kilos.
Ravi then reached the final with a 7-4 win over Iranian Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharchi. The most difficult fight Ravi has had has been the second round against Askarov. It was all about strength and power, as the Indians had a tremendous change to win against the Kazakhs after the 0-8 draw.
Askarov, the silver medalist in the Asian Championships, was stunned by Ravi’s two-legged attacks as the Indian struggled to negotiate with the lively movements of the Kazakh fighter.
Although Ravi was positioned for counterattacks, he was unable to execute them. It was a strange sight to see Ravi fighting and his defense falling. He was two points and two points away from an embarrassing victory for technical dominance.
However, his Rival lost ground in the second half and Ravi took advantage of that to take 13 consecutive points in a row.
On day 3, they easily beat Tomasello, even letting the American get his left leg. Of the five points scored, there were three in the playoffs when Tomasello was unable to take the shot, but Ravi dragged it out.
His defense was Shaky again, but Ravi’s solidity pushed him once again.
It prevailed 7-4 against Iranian Reza Ahmadali Atrinagharchi because the Indian had his left leg blocked several times. However, the Iranian was not given much energy towards the end.
Deepa withdrew from the 86-pound competition in Punia on Tuesday with an elbow injury. Vinesh Phogat (53kg) and Anshu Malik (57kg) will present their challenge at the Ranking Series event on Friday.
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