Ummid Assistant

IDB scholarship forms available at Bhopal's Companion School

IGNOU's preparatory course for students desiring higher education

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home 2012 London Olympics

Wrestler Yogeshwar gets India Olympic bronze after hockey embarrassment

Sunday August 12, 2012 11:39:27 AM, IANS

London: Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt gave India lot to cheer about by winning the bronze medal on a day when the hockey team, eight-time Olympic champions, ended their worst-ever Games with a wooden spoon in 12th position here Saturday.

Yogeshwar clinched the bronze medal in the men's 60kg category at the ExCel Arena to give the country its fifth Olympic medal from the London Games here Saturday.

Yogeshwar's medal lifted the gloom after South Africa gave the finishing touches to India's disastrous campaign in the Olympic men's hockey competition with a 3-2 win in the classification match for 11-12 positions here Saturday.

In athletics, Basanta Bahadur Rana created a national record but that could only ensure him a 36th place in the men's 50km walk at the London Olympics here Saturday. Rana took three hours, 56 minutes and 48 seconds to complete the race.

As Yogeshwar walked into the North Arena 2, expectations were high from him. For him, London was "now of never".

A determined Yogeshwar, who had lost in the quarterfinals in Beijing, churned out one of his best performance against North Korean Jong Myong Ri winning the bronze medal play-off match 3-1 at the ExCel Arena, which was packed with Indian supporters.

Yogeshwar, who was in his third Olympics, also became the third Indian wrestler after Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav and Sushil Kumar to win an Olympic medal. Jadhav and Kumar had won bronze medals in 1952 Helsinki and 2008 Beijing Games.

In the bronze medal match, Yogeshwar put up a spirited performance despite losing the first period 1-0. Struggling to barely open his right eye, he came back strongly in the second period winning it 1-0.

Realising that bronze medal was almost in his grasp, there was no stopping Yogeshwar in the third and the final period that he won 6-0.

The 30-year-old Yogeshwar jumped in joy and did a cartwheel as celebrations broke out in the North Arena 2. He had just snatched a medal from the jaws of defeat.

Yogeshwar's medal chances looked all over after he lost his pre-quarterfinal bout to World Champion Besik Kudukhov of Russia. The Indian survived just two periods before losing 3-0 to the Kudukhov, who was also a bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Games.

But it was the Russian, who revived Yogeshwar's medal hopes. Kudukhov won his quarter-final and semi-final matches to qualify for the final that also made the Indian eligible for the repechage.

In the first repechage, Yogeshwar won 3-0 against Franklin Gomez Matos of Puerto Rico, a silver medallist in the World Championship. The Indian won the first period 1-0. He then earned an advantage in the second period and won it 1-0 as well.

In Repechage 2, Yogeshwar got the better of Iranian Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari 3-1 in to set up a clash with the North Korean in the bronze medal play-off match.

A determined Yogeshwar bounced back in style against the Iranian despite losing the first period 3-0. Yogeshwar won the second period 3-2 and was unstoppable in the third period winning it 4-0.

Yogeshwar qualified for the pre-quarterfinal, beating Bulgarian Anatolie Ilarionovitch Guidea in the first round.

In hockey classification matches, while Indians showed some purpose against the South Africans, their overall performance in the match was no improvement on their showing in the previous outings.

A weak defence yet again allowed the South Africans to score through Andrew Cronje (8th), Timothy Drummond (33rd) and Lloyd Norris-Jones (64th) while Sandeep Singh converted a penalty corner in the 14th and Dharmavir Singh (66th) reduced the margin for India.

The game began rather ominously for India whose defender Manpreet Singh was stretchered out after being hit on the side of the head when he ran into the swinging stick of Lloyd Norris-Jones in the very fourth minute.

A key member of the midfield, Manpreet, however, returned to the field for the second half after medication and a huge bandage around his head.

South Africa dominated the early minutes and struck in the eighth when Julian Hykes latched on to a long ball into the circle and essayed a push that a diving goalkeeper Sreejesh stopped, but the ball slipped from underneath and a lurking Cronje pushed home.

The lead lasted a mere six minutes as India forced their first penalty corner that Sandeep Singh converted with a low and firm drag-flick past goalkeeper Erasmus Pieterse.

Thereafter, the ball swung from end to end, but with both teams being error prone, the exchanges never looked to result in any goal and so it proved to be.







 

Home | Top of the Page

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

i

i

 

More Headlines

90 killed in Iran quake

UAE emirate launches Quran website

Congress not serious about Muslims' welfare: Azam Khan

1250 years later, Baghdad is a far cry from past glories

Mars rover to undergo 'brain transplant'

XLRI to open its new campus by 2014-end

Cheaper bus travel for over a million students in Karnataka

Amid concern in India, Zardari forms panel to talk to Hindus

Man arrested for questioning Mamata, activists condemn incident

Advani points to a leadership vacuum

Mumbai protests against Myanmar killings, Assam riots turn violent

 

Top Stories

Two dead in Mumbai protests against Assam riots, Myanmar killings

Two people were killed and over 50, including 41 policemen, injured as a protest by several Muslim organisations to condemn the alleged attacks on Muslims in Myanmar and the Assam riots turned violent. 

Community leaders condemn Mumbai violence, appeal for calm

 

  Most Read

'Wrong to say electoral rolls contain names of Bangladeshi migrants'

The Centre on Thursday rejected the allegation of NGO Assam Public Works that over 40 lakh illegal migrants from Bangladesh had got their names entered into the electoral rolls and they should   

Bangladeshi influx: Assam NGO seeks Supreme Court intervention

Fence entire Bangladesh border: BJP

Don't draw unwarranted conclusions, PM tells rating agencies

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday took international rating agencies to task for cutting India's growth forecast and asserted that the fundamentals of the economy are strong.

Crisil cuts India's growth forecast to 5.5 percent

 

  News Pick

Hamid Ansari sworn in as vice president

Ansari was administered the oath of office by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress 

Fareed Zakaria suspended from Time, CNN

Time magazine and CNN have suspended their columnist and television host, Indian American journalist Fareed Zakaria, after he apologized for plagiarisng sections 

I'll welcome Rahul Gandhi to UPA government: Manmohan Singh

With Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi agreeing to take a more proactive role, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh 

Can Rahul Gandhi grow beyond cameo roles?

Amid concern in India, Zardari forms panel to talk to Hindus

With concerns rising in India over reported persecution of Hindus in Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari has formed a three-MPs' panel to meet and reassure

Visas to Pakistani Hindus: India rejects conspiracy

 

Picture of the Day

President Pranab Mukherjee administering the oath of Office of Vice President to Mohd. Hamid Ansari at a Swearing-in-Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on August 11, 2012.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

 

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Science & Technology

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Health

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

Contact us

Business

Career

Education

     

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2012 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.