Yogeshwar Dutt Expects 3-4 Freestyle Medals From Asian Games

Yogeshwar Dutt, who won the Commonwealth Games gold medal in July in the new 65kg category, is eying his maiden Asian Games title. He missed the 2010 edition in Guangzhou owing to an injury but had won bronze in the 60kg category at Doha 2006.

updated: August 28, 2014 18:07 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: Yogeshwar Dutt, who will lead India's challenge at the upcoming Asian Games in the absence of Sushil Kumar, is expecting the wrestlers to win three to four freestyles medals for the country in the mega-event known to have much tougher competition than the Commonwealth Games.

India won an impressive 13 medals in the Glasgow Commonwealth Game last month but the figure is expected to drop drastically at the September 19-October 4 event in Incheon, South Korea. India could only manage three wrestling medals in the 2010 edition.

"Asian Games are much tougher of course with wrestlers from Iran, Japan, North Korea, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan taking part. If you do well at Asian Games, then you get confidence of winning a medal at World Championships. Having said that, the boys are working hard. We should get around three to four medals in freestyle," Yogeshwar said at the sidelines of Samsung promotional event for the Asian Games here today.

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