Yogeshwar Dutt

Olympic Bronze Medalist, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Haryana, India

DOB – 2nd November 1982

Event – 66 kg Freestyle Wrestling

Yogeshwar Dutt is the most experienced wrestler in the Indian contingent and will be going to his fourth olympics at Rio 2016. Yogeshwar Dutt won a Bronze medal in the 60 kg Freestyle weight category at the 2012 London Olympics. He started wrestling from a very young age of 8 years. His inspiration was Balraj Pehlwan who was from his native village and he was trained under the guidance of coach Ramphal.

At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Dutt took part in Men’s freestyle 55 kg and stood 18th. Yogeshwar had lost his father on 3 August 2006 just nine days before he boarded the flight to Doha for the 2006 Asian Games. He also sustained a knee injury, but despite all the emotional and physical trauma he managed to win the bronze in the 60 kg category at the Asian Games.

2008 Beijing Olympics was Yogeshwar’s second appearance at the Olympics. He represented India in 60 kilogram freestyle wrestling and finished 9th. At the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, Yogeshwar overcame a career-threatening knee injury to win the 60 kg title. He came up with an exceptionally skilful performance to win the gold for India.

On 12 Aug 2012, Yogeshwar Dutt provided a late boost to India’s medal collection at the 2012 London Olympic Games by claiming a memorable bronze in the men’s freestyle 60 kg category, thus becoming the second Indian to achieve the feat in the country’s Games history. Yogeshwar also won Gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2014 Asian Games.

Yogeshwar is a strong contender for a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

- Bronze medal, Olympic Games, London 2012
- Gold medal, Commonwealth Games, Delhi 2010
- Gold medal, Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014
- Gold medal, Asian Games, Incheon 2014
- Gold medal, Asian Championships, Gumi 2012
- Gold medal, Commonwealth Championship, London 2007
- Gold medal, Commonwealth Championship, Cape Town 2005
- Gold medal, Commonwealth Championship, London 2003
- Bronze medal, Asian Games, 2006 Doha

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