Indian Olympic Champion: Yogeshwar Dutt


Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.

Yogeshwar Dutt (born 2 November 1982) is an Indian wrestler from Haryana. He won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men’s 60kg Freestyle wrestling. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013.

He won Gold Medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. Recently, he has been clubbed into the ‘Icon’ category by Haryana Hammers– one of the six teams playing under the first edition of Pro Wrestling League (PWL), which will be held from 10 December to 27 December in six Indian cities.

2004 Summer Olympics
At the Athens Olympics, Dutt took part in Men’s freestyle 55 kg and stood 18th.

2008 Summer Olympics
This was Yogeshwar’s second appearance at the Olympics. He represented India in 60 kilogram freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He earned his berth for the Olympics by winning gold at the 2008 Asian Championships in March 2008 held at Jeju City in South Korea.

2012 Summer Olympics.
On 12 Aug 2012, Yogeshwar Dutt provided a late boost to India’s medals tally in the 2012 London Olympics by claiming a memorable bronze in the Men’s freestyle 60 kg, thus becoming the third Indian wrestler to win an Olympic medal after K D Jadhav in 1952 and Sushil Kumar in 2008 and 2012.

He had defeated North Korean Ri Jong-Myong in the bronze medal bout thus winning the fifth medal for Indian contingent at the London Olympics 2012.

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