For Yogeshwar Dutt, Korea a Happy Hunting Ground

Yogeshwar Dutt won an Asian Games freestyle wrestling gold for India after 28 years in Incheon.

updated: September 29, 2014 16:36 IST
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Yogeshwar Dutt celebrates after winning gold.


Yogeshwar Dutt, who has lived in the shadows of Sushil Kumar, scripted a piece of wrestling history in the Incheon Asian Games on Sunday and remembered how Korea has been a happy hunting ground for him. Dutt's achievement was India's first in freestyle wrestling since Kartar Singh's gold medal at the 1986 Seoul Asian Games.

"I'm very happy and enjoying every moment as India have won a gold medal in Asian Games after 28 years and Korea has been a lucky country for me. It was in Korea that I won the gold for the first time in Asian Championships in 2008 and again in 2012 and now at the Asian Games. And when I won in 2008 it was our first gold in 21 years," Yogeshwar said. (Day 10 Blog | Medal Tally)

The Asian Games gold was one that Yogeshwar Dutt has always wanted in his kitty. He moved from 60 to 65 kg for the Incheon Games and adapted well to win the gold in a closely fought contest Tajikistan's Zalimkahn Yusupov. Deep within him, Dutt was desperate. He has waited for eight years to be in this position and the Sonepat wrestler held on to a slender lead in the final.

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