Yogeshwar targets Gold in his last Olympic event
The missed chance at the Beijing Games still haunts Yogeshwar Dutt and the Indian grappler is desperate that before he brings curtains on his career, he realises the dream of winning a gold medal at the Olympics.chandigarh Updated: Jul 17, 2012 14:05 IST
The missed chance at the Beijing Games still haunts Yogeshwar Dutt and the Indian grappler is desperate that before he brings curtains on his career, he realises the dream of winning a gold medal at the Olympics.
Dutt feels that the London Games in all probability would be his last Olympics and he is determined that his third appearance at the mega event fetches him the desired result.
Dutt was close to grab a bronze medal at the Beijing Games in 2008 but had lost the crucial bout in the last 10 seconds.
"Olympic Games does not happen every year, it happens in every four years and I am lucky that God has provided me the opportunity the third time. I don't know whether I would be participating in the next Olympics or not, I just want to perform well, treating it as my last chance," Yogeshwar told PTI during an exclusive chat at the SAI Centre here.
"This time I want to bring something for my nation. I am targeting gold in my category. Sushil brought the medal last time, this Olympics I want to bring it. This Olympics would be my last in all likelihood with future generation performing well. The ultimate satisfaction would be to clinch gold medal before retiring," he said.
Dutt is confident not only about himself but other members of the team.
"I am hopeful of 2-3 medals from wrestling." The 29-year-old said the training sessions at US has helped his game a lot.
"The training camp at the Colorado Springs helped us to get acclimatise to the weather condition, which would be similar to London. I got a chance to test my skills against some of the Olympic-bound wrestlers and that has helped me improve upon my foot movement, speed and ground wrestling.
"The foot movement is the most essential part of your game and you need to have a strong lower body to produce results at the big stage. We would have to give our best at the London to clinch a medal," he explained.
First Published: Jul 17, 2012 14:02 IST