A Wrestler Bit His Opponent During The Olympic Semifinal And Left A Gnarly Bite Mark

TOPSHOT - Kazakhstan's Nurislam Sanayev (red) bites India's Kumar Ravi as he wrestles him in their men's freestyle 57kg wrestling semi-final match during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo on August 4, 2021.

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  • An Olympic wrestler used a last-ditch effort to win a match and bit his opponent’s arm.
  • The resulting mark was gnarly.
  • This is not the first biting incident in Tokyo. Click here to see!

Biting is not a commonly-used tactic in the sport of wrestling. In fact, if a wrestler bites his or her opponent, it warrants a call for flagrant misconduct and could lead to disqualification.

Kazakhstan’s Nurislam Sanayev doesn’t care. During yesterday’s Olympic semifinal in the 57kg men’s freestyle wrestling competition, he went in for a taste of flesh.

Sanayev, a two-time world wrestling championship medalist, was visibly frustrated during his match against India’s Ravi Kumar Dahiya. He led 9-2 at one point but allowed Dahiya to stage a dramatic comeback and take the lead.

After being pinned to the ground, Sanayev attempted to dislodge himself from Dahiya’s grip. To do so, he opened his mouth and chomped down on the arm of his opponent.

CHIBA, JAPAN - AUGUST 04: Nurislam Sanayev of Team Kazakhstan competes against Kumar Ravi of Team India during the Men’s Freestyle 57kg Semi Final on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on August 04, 2021 in Chiba, Japan.

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Dahiya, however, did not give up the hold. He sustained the last-minute takedown to win the match. It will go down as one of the most iconic moments in Indian wrestling history.

The resulting mark on Dahiya’s arm was telling as to how significant the bite really was. Sanayev left a definitive, full-jawed set of teeth on the victor.

“It was paining when Ravi returned from the mat, but he was given an ice pack and he is fine,” said a member of the Indian wrestling team’s support staff.

Dahiya’s pain subsided quickly and he geared up for the Olympic final. He faced two-time world champion Zaur Uguev from Russia, but lost 7-4.

Despite the disappointing final result, for him to bring a silver medal home to India in wrestling was a tremendous honor.