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Haryana's Yogeshwar Dutt wrestles a bronze for India

chandigarh Updated: Aug 12, 2012 14:40 IST

India's Yogeshawar Dutt clinched a bronze in the Olympic Games after beating North Korea's Jong Myong Ri 3-1 in the 60-kg freestyle play-off for the bronze medal at the ExCel arena here on Friday.

The Sonepat born wrestler, who scripted history by becoming the fifth Indian to win a medal in a single edition of the Olympics, fought back strongly in the repechage rounds to notch up three successive victories in less than an hour to provide India its fifth medal at the London Games and the first on the mat.

The 29-year-old from Sonepat in Haryana, who had missed a medal four years ago at the Beijing Olympics, showed excellent technique and fighting spirit to bring off three memorable wins on the trot for the bronze. In the repechage rounds, in which he had to beat three opponents, Yogeshwar started off with a win over World Championship runner-up Franklin Gomez Matos of Puerto Rico and followed it with another brilliant victory over Iran's Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari to be one win away from a medal.

The two victories that came within the space of 20 minutes got Yogeshwar's adrenaline going and he brought off another stupendous come-from-behind victory over his North Korean rival to fetch the bronze.