Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2009
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Sonīpat, Haryana, India
Yogeshwar Dutt is an Indian wrestler who won the bronze medal in men’s 60 kg freestyle wrestling in the 2012 Summer Olympics held at London. He was born on 2nd November 1982 in Bhainswal Kalan village in Sonipat District of Haryana. Yogeshwar was interested in wrestling from his childhood days and was inspired by a man of his village named Balraj Pehlwan. His first coach was Ramphal. He made everyone look at him when he won gold medal in the 2003 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. In 2004 Summer Olympics at Athens, he took part in men’s freestyle 55 kg category. But he was able to get only 18th place in that. Yogeshwar made his appearance in 2008 Beijing Olympics also in 60 kg freestyle wrestling category. But he could get only 9th place in that and lost in the quarterfinals. He was able to get medals in the 2006 Asian Games and 2010 Commonwealth games. Just before Asian Games, he lost his father on 3rd August 2006 but still he was able to get a bronze medal in that event.
As he won silver medal at Asian qualification tournament conducted in Kazakhstan, he was able to get a seat in the Olympics. Though he lost in the 2012 Olympics in the pre-quarterfinal round, he got a chance in the repechage rounds and was lucky enough to win the toss against his opponent. He knocked Ri Jong Myong of North Korea and won the bronze medal. On 12th August 2012, the Chief Minister of Haryana honored him by announcing a cash award of one crore rupees. In 2009, he received the Arjuna Award.