Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:08:25 GMT | By PTI

Brave Yogeshwar's great feat in London

Yogeshwar Dutt is on cloud nine and why not! The ace wrestler fought three of the finest bouts in his career in a span of 45 minutes to grab India's 5th medal of London 2012. Dutt braved injury to his right eye while achieving the incredible feat


Brave Yogeshwar’s great feat in London (© AP)

London: "It is a dream come true to win an Olympic medal. I have worked very hard for it, and I can't describe how I am feeling now. It is a very special moment for me," a beaming Yogeshwar said after his bronze-winning effort. "I sacrificed a lot and have worked for this for the last 21 years. Since my childhood I always wanted to win an Olympic medal, and now I have achieved that dream," he said.

Yogeshwar was a little worried that he had a difficult draw but knew that he could still pull it off with a little bit of luck.

"I was a little worried because I had to fight with Olympic champions and world champions. When I lost the quarterfinal to the Russian, I was wondering whether I will actually get a chance. But God had other ideas, and here I am with the bronze medal.

Yogeshwar injured his eye in the pre-quarter final against the Russian but did not allow the injury to hamper his performance. His eyes were swollen and he had difficulty in sighting with the left eye.

"I got hurt in the earlier round, but in the Olympics we can't worry about these kind of injuries. We have to get out and fight," he explained.

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