Yogeshwar Dutt (born 2 November 1982) is an Indian freestyle wrestler. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he won the bronze medal in the 60 kg category. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013. He won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
2006 Asian Games
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 kilogram category at the 15th Asian Games at Doha.
2010 Commonwealth Games
At the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, Yogeshwar overcame a career-threatening knee injury to win the 60 kg title. Yogeshwar, who went past Australian Farzad Tarash (160, 170), South African Marius Loots (71) and England’s Sasha Madyarchyk (44, 80) on his way to the final, came up with an exceptionally skillful performance to win the gold for India.
2012 Summer Olympics
On 12 August 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.
Earlier, Yogeshwar qualified for the 2012 Olympics by winning a silver medal at an Asian qualification tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan where he lost to Iranian Masoud Esmaeilpour (23, 01) in the final.
At the Olympics he lost to the Russian B Kudukhov 10, 20 and was knocked out from the pre-quarterfinal round. He got a chance to contest in the repechage rounds as Kudukhov reached the finals of the event.
In his first repechage round he went on to beat Franklin Gmez of Puerto Rico with a score of 10, 10. He got lucky against his opponent, winning the toss on both the occasions to earn a clinch position. Yogeshwar then scored 75 to beat Masoud Esmaeilpour with an aggregate of counted points 31 in Repechage Round 2. Esmaeilpour had beaten Yogeshwar at the Asian qualifications earlier that year.
He finally beat his North Korean opponent to clinch the bronze medal (01, 10, 60). He was exceptional in the last round, and clinched it in just 1:02 minutes.
2014 Commonwealth Games
Yogeshwar Dutt won the gold medal in the men’s 65 kg freestyle category by beating Canada’s Jevon Balfour 100 in the finals.
Yogeshwar had earlier beaten Alex Gladkov of Scotland 40 in the pre-quarters and then easily defeated another Scottish wrestler Gareth Jones in the quarterfinals by employing his trademark Fitele (leg twisting) technique that he had used while winning the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. In the semifinals, Yogeshwar successfully used his favourite technique again to get the better of Sri Lanka’s Chamara Perera in just two minutes and three seconds. Yogeshwar won with a 05 verdict after taking a 100 lead on technical points.
2014 Asian Games
Yogeshwar Dutt won the Gold in the 65 kg freestyle wrestling category by defeating Zalimkhan Yusupov of Tajikistan in the final at the Asian games 2014. Dutt won a closely fought final 10. Earlier, he defeated the opponent from China in the semifinal by Fall in another closely fought bout in which Dutt was trailing almost till the end. He defeated Jinhyok Kang of North Korea in the quarterfinal.
In 2015, he was clubbed into the Icon category by Haryana Hammers one of the six teams playing under the first edition of Pro Wrestling League (PWL), which was held from 10 to 27 December in six Indian cities.
Awards, rewards and recognition”]
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2012 given by Government of India
- For the bronze medal at 2012 London Olympic
- 10 million (US$160,000) cash reward from the Haryana Government.
- 4×4 vehicle from a PSU bank