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Maken lauds Yogeshwar's bronze at Olympics
New Delhi, August 12, 2012
First Published: 10:11 IST(12/8/2012)
Last Updated: 10:15 IST(12/8/2012)

Sports minister Ajay Maken heaped praise on wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt for clinching a bronze medal at the London Olympics, saying the unassuming grappler deserved the feat.

"'the hardest worker... the nicest guy... no one deserves it more' True for Yogeshwar, he deserved it!" Maken wrote on Twitter after the wrestler had fought his way to the 60kg freestyle bronze in the British capital on Saturday.

"5 Medals in 4 Sports  another 6 or 7 could have just made it with Sushil Kumar yet to come this is India's springboard & bestever Olympics!" he added.

The 29-year-old Yogeshwar, who also injured his eye during the bouts, displayed stupendous power and stamina right through the day before prevailing over North Korea's Ri Jong Myong 3-1 in the third round of repechage.

He thus became the third Indian to win an Olympic medal in wrestling after KD Jadhav (1952) and Sushil Kumar (2008).

Cricketer Ajinkya Rahane also lauded Yogeshwar's feat.

"Well done Yogeshwar Dutt..u made us all proud..," he wrote on Twitter.

In the third and final round against Myong, Yogeshwar pulled off a stunning 'fitele', a term used by wrestlers when they twirl their opponent on their back a few times with great speed, to score match-winning six technical points.

It was a fitting finale to a day in which his fitness and grit came through brightly.

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Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
England 58 59 57 174
Australia 49 42 46 137
Canada 32 16 34 82
Scotland 19 15 19 53
India 15 30 19 64
New Zealand 14 14 17 45
South Africa 13 10 17 40
Nigeria 11 11 14 36
Kenya 10 10 5 25
Jamaica 10 4 8 22
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