In this week’s edition of Combat Sportsperson, we look at Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt. He has recently said that Rio is likely to be his last Olympics and he would certainly want to make it big for his farewell at the Olympics next year.
Let us look at the glorious career of the wrestler who mostly achieved in the shadows of stalwart wrestler Sushil Kumar.
Learning to grapple
Dutt began his wrestling lessons at the age of eight under the able guidance of coach Rampal. He lists Balraj Pehlwan as his inspiration in the sport.
The Indian grappler has won many laurels across his long career on the mat. He came to world recognition as early as 2003 winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships. His success at the Commonwealth Championships continued as he won the gold medal in Freestyle in the 2005 and the 2007 events. In 2005 and 2007 he also won the silver medal in Greco-Roman.
His streak at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the Asian Championships are quite similar too. He has successfully won gold medals at each of these competitions. He won the gold in commonwealth games in both 2010 and the 2014 edition. Dutt also won the gold medal in the 2012 Asian Championships and the 2014 Asian Games.
This makes him one of the most successful Indian grappler. He has won a gold medal at every major International Competition he has participated in.
Rio will be my last Olympics: Yogeshwar Dutt
Days prior to his 33rd Birthday Dutt went on to announce that Rio Olympics will be his last. Meaning if he can manage to win the gold medal he will successfully defend his record of winning gold medals at every major International competition.
He currently has a bronze medal at the Olympics from London 2012. Dutt is a veteran Olympian having participated in the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London and soon to be the 2016 Rio.