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Yogeshwar Dutt leads Indian challenge

india Updated: Aug 13, 2012 16:25 IST
Olympics 2012

Yogeshwar Dutt will lead India's challenge in the Olympic wrestling competition Saturday after Amit Kumar and Narsingh Pancham Yadav crashed out of the competition here.

Dutt will take on Bulgaria's Anatolie Ilarionovitch Guidea in the opening round of the men's 60 kg freestyle wrestling event.

India's best bet in the sport, Sushil Kumar, will fight it out in the 66 kg category on the concluding day of the London Olympics on Sunday. Sushil determined to give his best

The Indian wrestlers started their Olympic campaign on a disappointing note with Amit and Pancham Yadav failing to win any medals.

Indian champion wrestler Sushil Kumar (C) along with fellow wrestlers Narsingh Yadav (L) and Yogeshwar Dutt pose during the Indian Olympic Wrestling contingent send-off celebrations in New Delhi. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN

Narsingh Yadav also bowed out of the Olympics, losing his opening fight in the men's 74 kg event.

Eighteen-year-old Amit, the youngest-ever Indian wrestler in the Olympics, raised hopes of a bronze medal after he moved into Repechage 2. But there he lost 0-3 to Bulgarian Radoslav Marinov Velikov, a Beijing Games bronze medallist, failing to qualify for the 55 kg category's bronze medal match.

India's Amit Kumar, red, and Iran's Hassan Sabzali Rahimi, blue, compete during a 55-kg men's freestyle wrestling competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. AP

Amit, who had received a first round bye, had won 3-1 over Iran's Hassan Sabzali Rahimi in the pre-quarterfinal.

The Indian, however, failed to repeat his performance and lost his quarterfinal bout 1-3 to Georgian Vladimer Khinchegashvili.

However, it was Khinchegashvili, who gave Amit a lifeline by qualifying for the final round.

But the Indian found it tough against the Bulgarian, a former world champion, in Repechage 2.

Sushil Kumar is India's flag bearer in the London Olympics 2012

Narsingh was not so lucky as he suffered a first round loss to Canadian Matthew Judah Gentry 1-3.

Gentry then lost his quarterfinal bout 1-3 to American Jordan Ernest Burroughs, ending Narsingh Yadav's hopes of making the repechage round.

Tweets on the Indian wrestling contingent


schedule will keep Indian interest alive until the last day tomorrow. Have we saved the best for the last?
— Jaspreet Sahni (@jaspreet_sahni) August 11, 2012

pretty much our last medal hope!— Disha Chopra (@DishaChopraNDTV)

@Ashish_Man_Utd - The only hope left for Gold Medal is from the wrestling contingent especially #SushilKumar. Please let it happen