Commonwealth Games: Yogeshwar Dutt Wins 5th Wrestling Gold for India
Olympic bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt defeated Canada’s Jevon Balfour in the championship round of the men’s freestyle 65kg category to record India’s fifth wrestling gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
“Winning a gold medal in Italy was also a confidence booster for me as it was a world event. I am happy that our game has given five gold medals to our country which is a very big thing for all the wrestling community,” Dutt said.
Yogeshwar won in just under two minutes, going up 10-0 thanks to his technical prowess. It was India’s second wrestling gold medal of the day, after Babita Kumari took the title in the women’s freestyle 55kg field.
After the five wrestling medals, India’s total tally is up to 44 (No. 6), including 12 gold, 19 silver and 13 bronze.
Yogeshwar’s impressive run began in the first round against Scotland’s Alex Gladkov as he secured a 4-0 victory. In the next round he defeated Gareth Jones of Scotland with his iconic leg-twisting technique.
The semi-finals were no different story as the same move earned him another one-sided victory over Sri Lanka’s Chamara Perera. The match lasted just two minutes, three seconds.
Fun Fact: At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Ashish Kumar became the first Indian gymnast to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games by winning both a silver (vault) and bronze (floor) in separate events.
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