Rio 2016: Setback for fans as Yogeshwar Dutt's elimination ends India's wrestling campaign
Ending India's campaign in wrestling at the Rio Olympics, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt was today eliminated after he lost his men's Freestyle 65 kilogram qualification match 0-3 against Mongolia's Mandakhnaran Ganzorig.
The London Olympic bronze-medallist's only hope of making it to the medal rounds lies in his Mongolian opponent reaching the gold medal round. Mandakhnaran is the gold-medallist from the 2010 Asian Games and a two-time World Championships bronze-winner.
Should Mandakhnaran makes the final, Yogeshwar will have to fight two repechage rounds before entering the bronze medal playoff.
The 33-year-old grappler from Haryana, who is playing in his fourth and, in all probability, last Olympics, looked a pale shadow of his previous self as he lost 0-3 to the Mongolian grappler.
From the very beginning, Yogeshwar failed to get around the Mandakhnaran, who moved at a very fast pace.
In the opening period, Mandakhnaran earned a point in 30 seconds due to the passivity of Yogeshwar to take a 1-0 lead.
Mandakhnaran then turned a defensive position into an attacking one to take down Yogeshwar and quickly bag two points to surge ahead.
With a minute to go, Yogeshwar failed to get around his opponent and went into the break 0-3 down.
Yogeshwar, who qualified only in March this year for the Rio Games after struggling with a knee injury, was expected to turn the tables in the second period but he just could not script a comeback.
In the last minute of the bout, he tried to pin down his rival but all his efforts went in vain.
(With PTI inputs)