|Born: 2 November 1982, Bhainswal Kalan,Gohana Sonipat district, Haryana|
Event – 66 kg Freestyle Wrestling
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 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 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 15th Asian Games at Doha
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.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Yogeshwar lost to Kenichi Yumoto of Japan 3-6 in the quarterfinals of the 60 kg freestyle event. He was ranked 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 skillful performance to win the gold for India.
2012 Summer Olympics
On 12 Aug 2012, Yogeshwar Dutt provided a late boost to India’s medal collection in the 30th 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.
At the 2014 Delhi Commonwealth Games, Yogeshwar won the Gold medal for India in the 66 kg weight category. This was the first time he fought in a higher weight category and he won all his bouts with tremendous ease without giving away a single point throughout the tournament.
Fighting just his second competition in the 66 kg weight category, Yogeshwar clinched an historic Gold medal for India. He fought tough competition and emerged victorious in the 2014 Asian Games. This was one of his best international performances.
Yogeswar is a strong contender for a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.Let us hope that he brings back glory and gold!!
Olympic Bronze Medalist