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Rio 2016: Setback for fans as Yogeshwar Dutt's elimination ends India's wrestling campaign

India TV Sports Desk Rio de Janeiro 21 Aug 2016, 19:09:06 PM IST
India TV Sports Desk

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)