London Olympics 2012 wrestling: Will it be third time lucky for Yogeshwar Dutt?

Zeenews Sports Bureau

London: At 30, this could be the last chance saloon to grab an Olympic medal for Commonwealth Games wrestling gold medallist Yogeshwar Dutt, who missed out on a bronze by a whisker at Beijing four years ago. Dutt will take on Bulgaria's Anatolie Ilarionovitch Guidea in the opening round of the men's 60 kg freestyle wrestling event at the London Olympics 2012.


After Amit Kumar Dahiya and Narsingh Yadav’s ouster without winning any medal, Indian hopes rest on Dutt and the Beijing bronze-medallist Sushil Kumar.

According to national coach Yashvir Singh, Sushil Kumar and his long-time friend Yogeshwar Dutt have enough experience to make the London Olympics a memorable event. "They have the experience of two Olympics behind them. Sushil and Yogeshwar have also been part and parcel of numerous World Championships, both of them are well aware of what would be at stake in London," Yashvir had said.

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 Sunday.

Apart from Dutt, other Indian athlete in action includes Basanta Bahadur Rana in men`s 50km Race Walk on Saturday.

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

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.

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.

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.

(With inputs from IANS)