New Delhi: India’s hope for a gold medal now rests on the shoulders of Yogeshwar Dutt. On the last day of Rio 2016 Olympics in Rio the wrestler is all set to commence the campaign in the 65kg freestyle wrestling on Sunday, 5PM, Sunday. Wrestler, Yogeshwar Dutt would be up against Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia in the first round.
However, the wrestler’s journey in securing a seat in Olympics hasn’t been very smooth; the wrestler had recovered from three surgeries in the past in year 2015. The 33-year-old grappler, who endured an injury-plagued season last year, faces a tough draw in the qualifying round on final day.
Yogeshwar Dutt is India’s last representative at the prestigious event. Apart from Sakshi, bronze medallist, India wrestlers haven’t had a favourable performance so far. The wrestler qualified for Rio Olympics from Asian Olympic Qualifiers held in Astana in February 2016.
India has already got its hands on a bronze and a silver medal through wrestler Sakshi Malik and shuttler PV Sindhu; now, Yogeshwar stands a good chance of bagging India its first gold in Rio. Shooter Abhinav Bindra is the lone Indian sportsman to have bagged a gold medal in 2008.
Prior to Yogeshwar’s bout, the two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar also extended his best wishes to the wrestler saying, “We have been friends since childhood. All my best wishes are with Yogeshwar. I hope he wins the gold medal. The entire nation is standing behind him”.