Yogeshwar’s Olympic Bronze set to be upgraded to Silver

RSTV Bureau
FILE: India's Yogeshwar Dutt  after losing the bout against Mongolian wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig during the Men's 65kg Freestyle match in the 2016 Summer Olympics  at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on  Sunday..

FILE: India’s Yogeshwar Dutt after losing the bout against Mongolian wrestler Mandakhnaran Ganzorig during the Men’s 65kg Freestyle match in the 2016 Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ace wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt’s bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics has been upgraded to silver after second-place finisher late Besik Kudukhov of Russia was stripped off his medal for failing a dope test.

“This morning I came to know that my Olympics medal has been upgraded to silver. I dedicate my medal to people of the nation,” Yogeshwar Dutt shared his elated feelings on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

As per Russian agency, flowrestling.org, the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Kudukhov, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, was found to have used a banned substance in a test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

As a result, Yogeshwar, who had bagged a bronze medal in men’s 60kg freestyle category in the London Games, has now joined Sushil Kumar as the other silver medallist wrestler from the 2012 Olympics.

His silver medal, though, will only be confirmed once the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) gets it in writing from the World body (UWW).

In Rio Olympics, Yogeshwar had a disastrous start to the tour where he bowed out in the first round of men’s 65kg freestyle.

In 2012 London Olympics, he had lost to Kudukhov in the pre-quarterfinals at London. But once the Russian advanced to the final, Yogeshwar got another chance in the repechage round and went on to win bronze.

(With inputs from the PTI)