Yogeshwar Dutt bags Olympics berth

In the semi-final, Yogeshwar overcame Seungchul Lee of Korea 7-2. He thus bagged an Olympic spot, as the top two wrestlers in each category are being awarded Olympic quotas.

A 2014 file photo of India's Yogeshwar Dutt with the gold medal after winning the men's 65 kg freestyle wrestling match at Asian Games in Incheon.   -  PTI

Star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has bagged an Olympic quota in the men’s 65 kg freestyle category, by securing a place in the finals at the ongoing Asian qualifying tournament here on Saturday.

Yogeshwar overpowered Korea’s Ju Song Kim 8-1 in the first round before going on to beat Xuan Dinh Nguyen of Vietnam by technical superiority in the quarter-finals. The Indian had opened up a huge 12-2 lead over his Vietnamese opponent.

In the semi-final, Yogeshwar overcame Seungchul Lee of Korea 7-2. He thus bagged an Olympic spot, as the top two wrestlers in each category are being awarded Olympic quotas.

Other Indians in the men’s freestyle competition, Rahul Aware (57kg) and Satyawart Kadiyan (97kg), missed out on securing quota places in their respective categories, after crashing out in the semi-finals.

This is the second quota place that Indian wrestlers have bagged for the Rio Olympics to be held later this year. Narsingh Pancham Yadav had bagged a quota place in the men’s 74kg freestyle division in Las Vegas last year.