London: Yogeshwar Dutt provided a late boost to India's medal collection in the 30th Olympic Games by claiming a memorable bronze in the men's freestyle 60 kg category, thus becoming the second Indian to achieve the feat in the country's Games history.

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The 29-year-old Yogeshwar produced a heroic show on the wrestling mat as he worked his way through three rounds of repechage to snatch the bronze medal and take India's tally to a record five medals -- one silver and four bronze -- at the Excel Arena.

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Spurred on by vociferous Indian spectators who kept chanting 'India, India', Yogeshwar pulled off a spectacular 3-1 victory over North Korea's Ri Jong Myong to bring about his moment of glory in a thrilling bout, which saw the Indian concede the first round.

But Yogeshwar, a gold medal winner in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, pulled things back by clinching the second round, much to the delight of the Indian spectators and officials who watched the proceedings with bated breath.

In the third and final round, Yogeshwar pulled off a stunning 'fitele', a term used by wrestlers when they twirl their opponent on their back a few times with great speed, to completely leave the Korean in a daze.

In the third and final round, Yogeshwar pulled off a stunning 'fitele', a term used by wrestlers when they twirl their opponent on their back a few times with great speed, to completely leave the Korean in a daze.

With Yogeshwar's bronze, India have so far achieved their best medal tally in the history of the Olympic Games, bettering the one gold and two bronze medals they bagged in the Beijing Games four years ago.

Shooter Vijay Kumar has fetched a silver, while Saina Nehwal, Gagan Narang and five-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom won bronze for the country in the ongoing edition.

India will now hope to add one more medal to its kitty tomorrow, the last day of competitions, when star wrestler Sushil Kumar, who won a bronze in Beijing, takes part in the men's 66 kg category.

It was a remarkable display of strength, stamina and skill by Yogeshwar who was touted as a serious medal contender and who lived upto the expectation, unlike some of the other Indian star athletes who put in below-par shows to return home empty-handed.

After losing his quarterfinal bout to four-time world champion Besik Kudukhov of Russia, the Indian got a chance to have a crack at the bronze medal only because the Russian proceeded to the final.

He first defeated Franklin Gomex Matos of Puerto Rico 3-0 in the first round of repechage and then defeated Iran's Masoud Esmaeli Poorjouybari in the second round with a 3-1 verdict after gaining seven technical points as compared to his rival's five.

Yogeshwar Dutt's success graph

2003: Gold (60kg) - Commonwealth Championships

2006: Bronze (60kg) - Doha Asian Games

2008: Gold (60kg) - Asian Championships

2010: Gold (60kg) - Delhi Commonwealth Games

2012: Gold (60kg) - Asian Championships

(JPN/Agencies)

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