London: After many Indians thought that it is game-over for India at the London Olympics, Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt came up to everyone's surprise. Dutt who gave the best performance of his life finally attained glory and saw the tricolour held high claiming the bronze medal for India.
The Indian managed to get a huge backing when almost the entire ExCel Arena cheered every point he won. Yogeshwar now join the big league as he becomes the third wrestler to bag a medal in Olympics history.
What a bout he fought, it is one of the best wrestling bouts I have see. It is no joke fighting three bouts in less than an hour," Yogeshwar's mentor Satpal said.
It was now or never situation for the Indian wrestler as he faught for the bronze medal."I know I have to attack. If I don't win a medal then it will be abhi nahin to kabhi nahin (it is now or never)," Yogeshwar said.
Yogeshwar list the first period 1-0 however came back strong in the second this time winning it 1-0, it was all to be decided in the third period where tormented the other wrestler with a score of 6-0.
The expectations were never there from Yogeshwar's after he lost his pre-quarterfinal bout to World Champion Besik Kudukhov of Russia, however this medal will be enough for the 30 year old to make a place in history.
In the first repechage, Yogeshwar won 3-0 against Franklin Gomez Matos of Puerto Rico, a silver medallist in the World Championship. The Indian won the first period 1-0. Yogeshwar earned an advantage in the second period and won it 1-0 as well.
In Repechage 2, Yogeshwar took the match against Iranian Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari 3-1 in to set up a clash with North Korean in the bronze medal play-off match.
Yogeshwar qualified for the pre-quarterfinal, beating Bulgarian Anatolie Ilarionovitch Guidea in the first round. The Indian made a brilliant comeback after losing the first period to win the bout 3-1. Guidea won the first period 1-0 but Yogeshwar did well in the second period, bagging it 2-0. Yogeshwar completely dominated the third and the final period to win it 5-2.