London, Aug 11 (IANS) Yogeshwar Dutt moved closer to an Olympic bronze medal as he defeated Franklin Gomez Matos of Puerto Rico to move into the second repechage round of the 2012 London Games here Saturday.
The Indian will now face Iranian Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari in the second repechage round for a place in the bronze medal match against North Korean Jong Myong Ri.
In the first repechage, Yogeshwar won 3-0 against Matos, a silver medallist in the World Championship. The Indian won the first period 1-0. Yogeshwar earned an advantage in the second period and won it 1-0 as well.
Yogeshwar must thank World Champion Besik Kudukhov of Russia for keeping alive his bronze medal hope.
Yogeshwar’s medal hopes rekindled as he qualified for the repechage round of the men’s 60kg wrestling event after Kudukhov, who had defeated the Indian in the pre-quarterfinal, made it to the title round.
The Russian, bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Games, won his quarter-final match 3-1 against Esmaeilpoorjouybari and semi-final 3-0 against Myong Ri to qualify for the final. Kudukhov will face Azerbaijan’s Toghrul Asgarov in the title clash.
Yogeshwar had lost his pre-quarterfinal bout to Kudukhov. The Indian survived just two periods before losing 3-0 to the reigning World Champion, who was also a bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Yogeshwar lost the first period 1-0 and the second 2-0. The Indian’s medal hopes now depend on the Russian.
Yogeshwar qualified for the pre-quarterfinal, beating Bulgarian Anatolie Ilarionovitch Guidea in the first round.
The Indian made a brilliant comeback after losing the first period to win the bout 3-1.
Guidea won the first period 1-0 but Yogeshwar did well in the second period, bagging it 2-0. Yogeshwar completely dominated the third and the final period to win it 5-2.
The Daily News Post India (tdnpost)