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first_imgBronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt had to take time off from his celebrations on Sunday and sit in the stands to cheer Sushil.Had it been any other day, Yogeshwar, a Haryana Police officer who trains at the Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi, would have been celebrating.But on Sunday it was time to be a spectator and a supporter to watch the legendary Sushi.In between, Yogeshwar did spare some time for an interview and spoke of having realised his lifetime ambition.His eyes were moist when he was asked about how his father, a guru for him. “Wherever he is above and looking at me, he will feel happy and shower blessings. He has been a huge inspiration for me,” said Yogeshwar, who almost had to quit the sport in 2009 because of injuries.So, did the Beijing loss play on the mind of Yogeshwar?”If I had won a medal in the Beijing Games, I would probably have called it a day, given the career threatening injury to my leg after that,” said Yogeshwar.Explaining the challenge he faced in London, Yogeshwar said it was a do-or-die battle for him as this could be his last Olympics.He had competed in Athens and Beijing as well but the repechage rounds on Saturday brought the best out of him.”I was a little worried because I had to fight with Olympic champions and the world champions. The other group was easier in comparison. And I had a good two rounds against the Russian but lost to him, I was wondering whether I will actually get a chance. But God had other ideas, and here I am with the bronze medal,” said the relaxed Yogeshwar.advertisementSo was Yogeshwar happy or tense after going into the repechage?”I didn’t want to lose on this occasion. I was very down after I lost in the morning, but when I got the chance to compete in the repechage the whole country wanted a medal from me. It is a dream come true to win an Olympic medal. I can’t describe how I am feeling now. It is a very special moment for me,” said the humble cop.Talking about his Olympic dream, Yogeshwar went into deep thought and then answered.”Since my childhood, I always wanted to win an Olympic medal. Now that I have achieved that dream let me tell you no one recognises you if you fail here. The victory is what gives you the recognition after all,” he said.Did the swollen right eye worry him during the three successive bouts in repechage?”I got hurt in the earlier round while playing against the Russian. But in the Olympics we can’t worry about injuries. We have to get out and fight,” he said.The bronze medallist says he dedicates this medal to his country. “I dedicate this medal to my countrymen and my coaches who have worked equally hard with me,” he said.Yogeshwar later said Sushil’s medal was a tribute to the effort he puts daily in training. “Sushil is a role model for us,” he said.last_img

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