Dutt won bronze through repechage in 60 kg freestyle category to give
India its record breaking 5th medal the London Olympics. Reflecting the
fighting spirit of the nation on the wrestling mat, the 29 year old from
Haryana overcame all odds before eventually winning the coveted Olympic
Yogeshwar Dutt had been beaten in the pre-quarter finals by the reigning
world champion Besik Kuduhov of Russia. But following the Russian's
advancement into the finals, the door was open for Dutt to realise his
lifelong dream and fulfill the wishes of his father - his task was to
win three tough repechage matches in quick succession and claim his
Yogeshwar Dutt, bruised with a badly swollen eye, came from behind to
win a thriller against Jong Myong Ri of North Korea in his third match
to claim the bronze; he won the match 3-1, losing the opening round of
Yogeshwar had to face the North Korean just one hour after his win
against Iran's Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari (3-1) in his second repachage
match. Dutt had a comparatively safe opening bout against Puerto Rico's
Franklin Gomez Matos (3-0).
The 29 year old becomes the third Indian wrestler to win an Olympic
medal after Sushil Kumar, in Beijing 2008 and K D Jadhav in Helsinki
1952. Yogeshwar Dutt won bronze in 2006 Asiad and gold in the 2010 Delhi
Commonwealth Games. He was honoured by the nation with Arjuna Award in
The government of Haryana has announced a reward of Rs.1 crore for Yogeshwar Dutt.
But India was forced to continue to return with bowed heads in Hockey as the national side succumbed to its sixth straight loss against South Africa in a play-off to decide the final two positions of the table. India lost the match 2-3 and literally hit rock bottom in the tables, finishing 12th and last.
Basanta Bahadur Rana finished 36th in the 50 km race walk, completing the race in a time of 3 hours 56 minutes and 48 seconds.
Meanwhile Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt won his third gold at the London
Olympics, leading his team to a win in 4 x 100m relay. The team finished
the race in a time of 36.84 setting a new world record. Bolt has won
gold for all the three events he participated for the second straight
time, after having achieved the feat in Beijing 2008.
Mexico upset Brazil 2-1 in the final of the soccer event, denying
Brazil's first Olympic gold medal. It was also Mexico's first gold medal
in men's soccer. For Mexico Oribe Peralta scored both the goals while
Hulk scored during injury time to present Brazil with its lone goal of
It was the busiest day in 2012 Olympics with a total of 32 medals being
decided. USA has regained the crown of being the overall champions after
securing a safe lead from the second positioned China. USA has secured
102 medals at the Olympics, with 44 gold. China has a total of 87 medals
with 38 gold. China won't be able to overtake USA with the few hours
and events that are left before the conclusion of London Olympics 2012.
Hosts Great Britain are at third with 28 golds.
It was also announced that Mary Kom would be the flag bearer for the
Indian team during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. This was
India's best ever performance at an Olympics winning a total of five
medals, including one silver and four bronze.
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