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India hails wrestler Dutt

Published Aug 12, 2012 01:22pm


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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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ROHIT PANDEY Aug 12, 2012 09:53pm
India's success might mean an 'appetite stimulant'!!
ROHIT PANDEY Aug 12, 2012 09:51pm
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'!!
Prabhat Aug 12, 2012 09:56pm
it is 6 th one
Johnny James Aug 12, 2012 04:18pm
Now got a fifth one, Silver by Sushil Kumar. .........Hurrahhhhhhh!!!!!
Zahid Aug 12, 2012 09:17pm
Take it easy dude, it's a report from AFP and not by a Pakistani journalist. Congratulations to all Indians for their medals ;-)
Qulik Aug 12, 2012 08:26pm
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.
Tony Aug 12, 2012 07:15pm
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 Aug 12, 2012 04:34pm
Congratulation India
ram kumar Aug 13, 2012 12:08pm
Yaaaahhh! Yogeshwar Dutt wins bronze in wrestling ..............fantastic . we are hoping in next olympic ,india win +30 gold
(Dr.) B.N. Anand Aug 12, 2012 10:38pm
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 Aug 13, 2012 07:59am
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.
Syed Aug 12, 2012 10:19pm
Congrats India, well done.
Razak Aug 12, 2012 02:13pm
Wonderful Yogeshwar, inshallah you will win a gold in next olympics at Rio in 2016.
PJPUCH Aug 12, 2012 02:10pm
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!!!".
Jehangir Aug 12, 2012 03:35pm
Sushil Kumar just won another silver in 66Kg category taking the medals haul to 6. 0-2-4
HWG Aug 12, 2012 03:38pm
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.
napak Aug 12, 2012 03:21pm
If India is "success-starved", Pakistan doesn't seem to have a sense of appetite.
Rohit Negi Aug 12, 2012 05:46pm
Sushil won a silver today. Everyone's already forgotten Yogeshwar.
uday Aug 12, 2012 03:42pm
now it is two silver and four bronze medals....well done India
Indian Aug 13, 2012 01:00am
Well done, these medals are from India /Pakistan both, after all we both come from same mother....
Aftab Aug 13, 2012 01:22am
How many medal Pakistan won?
Raj Aug 13, 2012 01:34am
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.
Khurram Aug 13, 2012 06:06am
6th one
sanjay Mittal Aug 13, 2012 07:50am
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 Aug 13, 2012 08:53am
Sad for the success starved nation :) one bronze for the population in billions
ahmad butt Aug 13, 2012 09:06am
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
ahmed,london Aug 13, 2012 01:46pm
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
Kailash Aug 13, 2012 02:33pm
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
proudinidian Aug 13, 2012 02:59pm
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 Aug 13, 2012 03:52pm
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 Aug 13, 2012 04:09pm
Pakistan has had 'other more important pending issues' since its creation in 1947!
kumar Aug 13, 2012 07:32pm
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.
avg_hindu_guy Aug 13, 2012 08:09pm
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.
pakistanisports Aug 13, 2012 08:13pm
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.
Vishal Aug 13, 2012 11:00pm
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
Indusonian Aug 13, 2012 11:04pm
Way to go Dutt, keep it up.
Waqas Aug 13, 2012 11:09pm
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.
porkchop Aug 14, 2012 01:42am
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!
porkchop Aug 14, 2012 01:45am
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!
porkchop Aug 14, 2012 01:45am
not really!
jasus Aug 14, 2012 01:46am
congrats India! wel done, it is getting better, 10 next time
nasir Aug 14, 2012 02:54am
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?
Irfan Aug 14, 2012 05:31am
Congrats India and Inidan athletes!! We wish you even more sucess in the next olympic games.
Hyder Ali Aug 15, 2012 03:20am
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