'Locksmith' Yogeshwar Dutt Hones Bag of Tricks for Asian Games Gold

Yogeshwar Dutt won a bronze medal at the London Olympics held in 2012.

updated: September 29, 2014 10:53 IST
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Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt celebrates after winning a gold in 65 kg freestyle category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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New Delhi: Touching feet is the traditional Indian way of showing respect to someone but, as his numerous opponents would vouch, if it's on the wrestling mat and the outstretched arms belong to Yogeshwar Dutt, it normally means danger.

The 31-year-old is one of the Indian freestyle wrestlers who have challenged the sport's popular image of being a mindless exhibition of brute force. He won a gold for India at the Asian Games on Sunday - after 28 years!

"At the top level, it is as much a mental game as physical," the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist told Reuters in a telephone interview. "You have to take decisions in split seconds and execute them.

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