India – born Vinod Kumar Dahiya has qualified for Rio Olympics in 66Kg Greek – Roman Style wrestling. Vinod Kumar qualified for Rio 2016 Olympics after a top finish at the Africa Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament in Algeria along with Ivan Popov in the above said category.
Vinod Kumar defeated New Zealand’s Craig Miller 12-6 in the semi-final to ensure a debut Olympic berth in Rio in the 66Kg division. But he lost to Adham Kahk of Egypt in the finals. But his semi- final performance was enough to ensure him a ticket to Rio.
Vinod Kumar arrived in Australia in 2010 as an international Student. Over these years he has won 21 medals for Australia at national and international championships. Last year Vinod became a citizen of Australia.
He has been working as a Courier delivery guy and Bouncer while pursuing his passion for wrestling.