Yogeshwar Dutt Bags Gold, Babita Misses Bronze Narrowly


The 9th day of the Incheon Asian Games saw many Indians win medals, the chief highlight being the Gold Medal in Wrestling. Yogeshwar Dutt finally ended the 28 year long wrestling gold medal drought for India at the Asian Games as he defeated Y. Zalimkhan of Tajikistan in the final of the men’s 65 Kg Freestyle by a slender lead of 1 point on Sunday. Along with him, 3 other Indian wrestlers were in the fray- Babita Kumari, Jyoti and Satyawrat Kadian who missed out on the medals. Here is a report on how each wrestler fared in their respective weight categories:

Yogeshwar Dutt (Men’s 65 Kg Freestyle) GOLD


A jubilant Yogeshwar Dutt after winning the final bout.

  • Round of 16- Bye
  • Quarterfinal- Bt. Kang Jinhyok (North Korea)
  • Semifinal- Bt. Y Katai (China)
  • Gold Medal Match- Bt. Y Zalimkhan (Tajikistan)

Satyawrat Kadian (Men’s 97 Kg Freestyle)


Satyawart Kadian couldn’t repeat his commonwealth games success in Incheon. He came back to contest for the Bronze via repechage but lost the bout.

  • Round of 16- Bye
  • Quarterfinal- Lost to Magomed Musaev (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Repechage- Bt. Awan Bilal Hussain (Pakistan)
  • Bronze Medal Match- Lost to Ibragimov Mamed (Kazakhstan)

Babita Kumari (Women’s 55 Kg Freestyle)


Babita Kumari (blue) came so close to winning a bronze medal for India. She lost the semifinal and the bronze medal match.

  • Round of 16- Bt. Dorn Srey Mao (Cambodia)
  • Quarterfinal- Bt. Abdildina Aiym (Kazakhstan)
  • Semifinal- Lost to Yoshida Saori (Japan)
  • Bronze medal match- Lost to Zhong Xuechun (China)

Jyoti (Women’s 75 Kg Freestyle)


Jyoti too couldn’t keep up the good work she had done in Glasgow as she lost her quarterfinal match against Ochirbat Burmaa of Mongolia

  • Quarterfinal- Lost to Ochirbat Burmaa (Mongolia)

So far, Wrestling has added 3 medals to India’s tally (1X Gold, 2X Bronze). On Monday, 3 more Indian grapplers will be in action- Bajrang (Men’s 61 Kg Freestyle), Narsingh Yadav (Men’s 74 Kg Freestyle) and Pawan Kumar (Men’s 86 Kg Freestyle).

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