In a massive heartbreak for India, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt slumped to a shock defeat in the men's 65kg freestyle qualification round bout against Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia. With that India's hopes of a third medal at Rio Olympics 2016 ended, even though three athletes are competing in men's marathon.
18:42 PM IST: Mandakhnaran Ganzorig lost to world number 2 Soslan Ramonov of Russia in the quarters, and with that Yogeshwar Dutt's Rio dreams also over.
18:15 PM IST: Mandakhnaran Ganzorig of Mongolia, who defeated Yogeshwar Dutt in the qualification round, has reached quarters.
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17:10 PM IST: Thus, India's last hope for a medal at Rio Olympics ended with Yogeshwar losing to his Mongolian opponent 0-3 in the qualification round.
17: 08 PM IST: Once again, Yoi playing the enforcer's role. But the Mongolian wrestler's defence is rock solid.
Yogi then tried to push his opponent of the mat. Then a take down attempt, but to no avail. Score still in the Mongolian's favour.
17: 07 PM IST: Second period started with Yogi going for the legs. But he found himself compromised with the Mongolian wrestler taking a massive turn. Then another two points to the Mongolian.
17: 05 PM IST: And it happened. He need to score within these 30 seconds, or face conceding a point. First point to the Mongolian wrestler.
But Yogi produced a brilliant counter attack, and almost pinned down his opponent, But that never materialised.
End of first period. Yogi trails by one point.
17: 04 PM IST: Two minutes in the bout and caution of passivity to the Indian wrestler, and another one will result in 30 second penalty.
17: 02 PM IST: Both the wrestlers are ready. Yogeshwar in red, Ganzorig in green.
16:55 PM IST: Minutes into the Yogeshwar Dutt's qualification round bout against Mandakhnaran Ganzorigiin of Mongolia. Ganzorigiin is 2 times World medallist and Asian Games 2010 gold medalist
16:40 PM IST: Meanwhile, Wrestling Federation of India demands CBI probe into Narsingh Yadav's dope case.
16:19 PM IST: Yogeshwar Dutt will take on Mandakhnaran Ganzorig of Mongolia in Men's Freestyle 65kg Qualification.
03:50 pm - Yogeshwar, who is quite active on Twitter, earlier congratulated PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik for winning medals.
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) August 17, 2016
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) August 19, 2016
03: 35 pm - Yogeshwar has been given an extremely tough draw this year.
New Delhi: Lakhs of Indian fans are waiting with bated breath to see whether Yogeshwar Dutt can end India's campaign on a high.
If he wins his first bout, he is likely to face Russia’s Soslan Ramonov – 2014 worlds gold and 2015 worlds bronze winner in the quarter-final. If he gets past him, he could meet Uzbek’s Ikhtoyor Navruzov – reigning silver medallist – in the semis.
Yogeshwar, who won a bronze medal at London Olympics 2016, was one of India's medal hopefuls much ahead of the event and he has been training very hard to convert the medal of the medal from the last Olympics.
Yogi will be in action in the 65kg freestyle wrestling today where he will be up against Ganzorigiin Mandakhnaran of Mongolia in the first round but faces a tricky draw ahead.
Yogeshwar's bout is crucial for India after a four-year ban was slapped on Narsingh Yadav - who was is one of India's most formidable wrestlers.
Narsingh's dream of representing the country in the Games shattered after he was slapped with a four-year ban by Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) for flunking a dope test after WADA challenged the clean chit given to him by NADA, a devastated Narsingh Yadav said today that he will fight till the end.