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I worked hard on my strength: Yogeshwar Dutt

It was the Olympic bronze medallist’s first gold medal in a major international event ever since his pet 60kg category was removed by world body FILA last year. The Indian had won the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold and the 2012 Olympic bronze in the 60kg category. ‘I had to work on my strength to play in the new weight category which took a lot of time but eventually it gave me good results today as well as in the previous international championship,’ said Yogeshwar.

The wrestler added that a gold medal in an international competition in Rome months before the Glasgow Games had boosted his confidence. ‘Winning a gold medal in Italy was also a confidence booster for me as it was a world event. I am happy that our game has given five gold medals to our country which is a very big thing for all the wrestling community,’ he said.

Yogeshwar found all the bouts in the Commonwealth Games easy. ‘All the bouts were very good. The Sri Lanka wrestler was relatively easy and though Canadian opponent was a little tough, I managed to do a very good technical fall in that match. I really enjoyed the way I finished all my games within two minutes and excelled technically,’ said Yogeshwar.

The 31-year-old will now shift focus to the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.  ‘Asian Games won’t be an easy task so we have to really work hard in the short time that we have. Though, I have won a bronze in Doha, I would love to win gold at Incheon. That’s one medal I haven't won yet,’ he said.
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