On the ending day of Rio Olympics 2016, India’s last hope to get another medal home to give country something to delight still survives. As bronze medallist from London 2012, Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt is set to fight in the men’s 65kg freestyle with world champion Frank Chamizo of Italy and Russia’s Soslan Ramonov on Sunday.
India have already settled a bronze and silver medal through country’s pride women wrestler Sakshi Malik and shuttler PV Sindhu, and Yogeshwar stands a good chance of bagging India its first gold since Abhinav Bindra in 2008.
However, Country’s dream shattered after wrestler Narsingh Yadav tempestuous journey to Rio Olympics ended in heartbreak with a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on a doping charge.
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Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has extended his best wishes to Yogeshwar. “We have been friends since childhood. All my best wishes are with Yogeshwar. I hope he wins the gold medal. The entire nation is standing behind him.”
Yogeshwar’s journey to Rio Olympics has not been the easiest. He had to recover from three surgeries in 2015 to book a ticket to the Brazilian Olympics. It will be the second time in history of India that an athlete from the country has had a podium finish in back-to-back Olympics.