The 29-year-old defeated North Korea's Ri Jong-Myong to give India only their fifth medal of the Games. -Photo by Reuters

NEW DELHIL Indian celebrities and politicians lined up Sunday to lavish praise on wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, who won a bronze medal for his success-starved country despite suffering a badly swollen eye.

In Dutt's home state of Haryana, in northern India, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced an award of 10 million rupees ($181,000) for the policeman, who took bronze in the 60kg freestyle on Saturday in London.

The 29-year-old defeated North Korea's Ri Jong-Myong to give India only their fifth medal of the Games. He had gone behind before storming back to win 3-1.

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter, exclaiming:

“Yaaaahhh! Yogeshwar Dutt wins bronze in wrestling .. saw him in action..SUUUUPPEEERRRRBBB !!”

Bachchan's son, Abhishek, also a Bollywood star, simply tweeted, “Yogeshwar Dutt. Respect!!!”

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement: “Dutt showed true grit in his wonderful comeback.”

Dutt's backers, the Mittal Champions Trust, a sports charity founded by the London-based steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal and his son-in-law, Amit Bhatia, also took note of a rare success for India and its 1.2 billion population.

Bhatia tweeted: “I'm so very proud to say that an athlete I have supported from our charitable Champions Trust has won bronze tonight for India in wrestling.”

India will return from London with its biggest Olympic haul, surpassing the one gold and two bronze it won in Beijing four years ago.

India has so far won a silver through pistol shooter Vijay Kumar and four bronze medals by badminton star Saina Nehwal, rifle marksman Gagan Narang, boxing champion Mary Kom and wrestler Dutt.

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Comments (44)

August 12, 2012 9:53 pm
India's success might mean an 'appetite stimulant'!!
August 12, 2012 9:51 pm
For long,for India 'medal in Olympics' meant field hockey....a little bit of organization and funding,India should do better next time.The tally in this Olympics is highest ever and they are ALL individual performances! Keep forging ahead,India...'success starved' should soon become 'comfortable with success'!!
August 12, 2012 9:56 pm
it is 6 th one
Johnny James
August 12, 2012 4:18 pm
Now got a fifth one, Silver by Sushil Kumar. .........Hurrahhhhhhh!!!!!
August 12, 2012 9:17 pm
Take it easy dude, it's a report from AFP and not by a Pakistani journalist. Congratulations to all Indians for their medals ;-)
August 12, 2012 8:26 pm
Well done India as well for trying Good luck brothers you are a role model for the poor humble athletes and sportsmen and women of the Indian sub-continent whose talent is waiting to be shown to the rest of humanity just matter of time.
August 12, 2012 7:15 pm
Congrats Yogi, you made Indians proud. Salute to your grit and stamina, as you played FIVE bouts within a span of a few minutes of each other, winning all one after another, got bruised (badly swollen eye) and even defeated the World number two wrestler in one of the bouts! Hats off to you!
Muneeb Khan
August 12, 2012 4:34 pm
Congratulation India
ram kumar
August 13, 2012 12:08 pm
Yaaaahhh! Yogeshwar Dutt wins bronze in wrestling ..............fantastic . we are hoping in next olympic ,india win +30 gold
(Dr.) B.N. Anand
August 12, 2012 10:38 pm
Sir, the latest news says that Sushil Kumar has won another silver medal in wrestling on the last day of Olympics. Indeed it is a moment of pride not only for the wrestler but also for the country. He has now won back to back Olympic medals, a bronze at Beijing and now a silver at London in the same individual event. He has surely become a sort of legend in his country and the young generation can well follow his rare example of self motivation, consistency and personal achievement that has made him a sport icon in his country. BNA
sanjay Mittal
August 13, 2012 7:59 am
Thank you Dawn for highlighting an Indian wrestler's achievements here. Sports is one way to bridge the gap between the two countries. My grandfather from Lahore woulde talk about the Gamma Pahalwan and kushti bouts.
August 12, 2012 10:19 pm
Congrats India, well done.
August 12, 2012 2:13 pm
Wonderful Yogeshwar, inshallah you will win a gold in next olympics at Rio in 2016.
August 12, 2012 2:10 pm
This article seems to be less informative, more sarcastic...Correct that India has not performed too well in Olympics but its best performance so medils go upto 6....What they say..."Best is yet to come!!!".
August 12, 2012 3:35 pm
Sushil Kumar just won another silver in 66Kg category taking the medals haul to 6. 0-2-4
August 12, 2012 3:38 pm
Most of the Indian medals have been won by people from humble background. I wish their medals become a source of inspiration to the subcontinent.
August 12, 2012 3:21 pm
If India is "success-starved", Pakistan doesn't seem to have a sense of appetite.
Rohit Negi
August 12, 2012 5:46 pm
Sushil won a silver today. Everyone's already forgotten Yogeshwar.
August 12, 2012 3:42 pm
now it is two silver and four bronze medals....well done India
August 13, 2012 1:00 am
Well done, these medals are from India /Pakistan both, after all we both come from same mother....
August 13, 2012 1:22 am
How many medal Pakistan won?
August 13, 2012 1:34 am
India work hard please leave pakistan alone in their internal security situation. Pakistan leave India alone in their internal security situation. Both work hard for harmony and show the world we are the best in the world and have talent that will surpass anyone in the world. Go Pak/Ind friendship for life! We are the same and will be same for always as strong brothers to each others.
August 13, 2012 6:06 am
6th one
sanjay Mittal
August 13, 2012 7:50 am
Thank you Dawn for highlighting an Indian wrestler's achievements here. Sports is one way to bridge the gap between the two countries. My grandfather from Lahore woulde talk about the Gamma Pahalwan and kushti bouts. Wish India and Pakistan have wrestling tournaments. Would get our population to fight on the fields , rather than on the borders...
Ch Taimoor
August 13, 2012 8:53 am
Sad for the success starved nation :) one bronze for the population in billions
ahmad butt
August 13, 2012 9:06 am
Pakistan has other more important pending issues, so olympics will have to give a miss. But one thing is for sure, Pakistan does not lack talent, only opportunity. North Korea and Jamaica and a few other countries have proven it
August 13, 2012 1:46 pm
i completely agree with your comments. wish there were more like minded people on both countries-wrestle or kubadi on the field rather shoot at each other across borders endlessly and without any purpose or end in sight.thaking you for kind thoughts. ahmed from london
August 13, 2012 2:33 pm
Thanks Dawn..i am a indian and everyday i read Dawn as it is good newpaper and shows india's glory also...Again thanks to Dawn team from India
August 13, 2012 2:59 pm
6 medals not just one bronze... Great for a developing nation.... Who excel more at academics.. We produce more graduates than the population of both people and cattle in ur country... 6 medals incredible India....
Wasim Sayed
August 13, 2012 3:52 pm
Pakistan came empty handed..Inshallah we will win a medal in Rio. But KUDOS to India for winning 6 medals. Suprising we can't win any medal with all the talent we have.
david atkins
August 13, 2012 4:09 pm
Pakistan has had 'other more important pending issues' since its creation in 1947!
August 13, 2012 7:32 pm
Thanks , my dear Pakistani Fndz and Brothers, Hope Pakistan should try for few medals for next olympics. India will surey do great . Thanks for appreciations.
August 13, 2012 8:09 pm
1 billion population and not one gold. China our neighbour has more than 30 golds and challenging USA. You call that success.Stop being in denial and stop wathcing NDTV who are busy projecting it as success.
August 13, 2012 8:13 pm
As one of the person commented, I also believe sports can bridge the gap between Pakistan and India, and I truly believe Pakistan should take help from Indian in shooting and wrestling. India has been performing well in these two games for quite some time. May be they are not the best, but they are on the path to it, and last time, they won one medal in wrestling, this time they have two. I really believe we should take advantage of Indian help in this.
August 13, 2012 11:00 pm
At the end of the day given it's population it's performance too was pathetic. This in no way reflects the availibility of talent but the lack of any government initiative to promote sports and thus the country's soft power
August 13, 2012 11:04 pm
Way to go Dutt, keep it up.
August 13, 2012 11:09 pm
Aftab bhai, India has a population of over a billion people as compared to Pakistan 200 million, there should never be any comparision between India and Pakistan in this regard. Why do we always compare Pak with India, would request we need to change this mindset and focus on our progress as Pakistan "Indifferent" and Independent of India! Thats the only way we can succeed.
August 14, 2012 1:42 am
people like you are the reason why pakistan is in shambles, when majority of the Pakis are congratulating an Indian, few losers like you do the spoilshot. Get over with your jealousy and obsession towards India and grow up. look at the thumbs down sign and pls get a life and stop spreading hatred!
August 14, 2012 1:45 am
and when that will happen? will it ever? win atleast one medal and stop comparing with other countries, you are only making a fool of yourself!
August 14, 2012 1:45 am
not really!
August 14, 2012 1:46 am
congrats India! wel done, it is getting better, 10 next time
August 14, 2012 2:54 am
Well done Dutt! As for Aftab, no one can beat Pakistani Parliamentarian. All of its 342 members deserve a Gold Medals for passing preposterous at mind boggling 2 days to qualify themselves above the law. Wait, wait please there is more, Pakistan's Upper House 104 Senators have to be accoladed equally, they too deserve the podium for Silver Medals Which country can beat them?
August 14, 2012 5:31 am
Congrats India and Inidan athletes!! We wish you even more sucess in the next olympic games.
Hyder Ali
August 15, 2012 3:20 am
Dear sir, Well done India, a population of 1.2 billion people winning a silver and handful of bronze is surely amazing. How many gold medals China another billion plus country got in olympics? Answer is 38 gold medals As for Pakistan our biggest hope was playing olympics on playstation 3 Regards, Hyder Ali
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