Ravi Kumar beats Oscar Urbano to reach wrestling quarterfinals in 57kg

Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar beat Oscar Urbano of Colombia) in the Men's 57kg Round-of-16 to reach the quarters at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.

Colombia's Oscar Eduardo Tigreros Urbano (red) wrestles India's Kumar Ravi in their men's freestyle 57kg wrestling early round match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.   -  AFP

Indian wrestler Ravi Kumar beat Oscar Urbano of Colombia 13-2 by technical superiority in the men's 57kg Round-of-16 to reach the quarters at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday.

Ravi took an early 3-2 lead in the first half. In the second half, Ravi upped the ante and raced to a 13-2 lead. Ravi Kumar will face Bulgaria's Georgi Vangelov next.

Like many of his peers, Ravi Kumar – from Nahri village in the Sonepat district of Haryana – shifted to the iconic Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi at the age of 10 with hopes of becoming a well-known wrestler.

Always sincere to wrestling, Ravi shone early on the global stage when he bagged a silver medal in the 55kg weight category in the World junior championships in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, in 2015. He battled a knee injury and had difficulties in getting funds to recover from the setback during his junior days before catching everyone’s eye with a silver medal in 57kg in the World under-23 championships in Bucharest, Romania, in 2018.

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A series of fine performances for 2019 Pro Wrestling League champion Haryana Hammers brought him more attention. He raised his game to take a World championships bronze and an Olympic quota place in 57kg in Nur-Sultan the same year.

A busy wrestler on the mat, Ravi proved his class by winning back-to-back Asian titles in 2020 and 2021, followed by a silver in the Poland Open. Someone whose life revolves around wrestling, 23-year-old Ravi – a big fan of his mentor Sushil Kumar – would like to make his idol proud in the Tokyo Games.

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