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Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt confirms upgrade of his 2012 London Olympics Bronze medal to Silver

Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt‘s bronze medal will get upgraded to silver after Russia’s Besik Kudukhov‘s sample tested positive. Yogeshwar Dutt on Tuesday confirmed that his Bronze medal from London Olympics 2012 had been upgraded to Silver. The bronze was upgraded to silver after Russia’s Besik Kudukhov’s, who finished second in the 60-kg freestyle event in the 2012 Olympics, tested positive for a banned substance, reported by a Hindustan Times.

Yogeshwar Dutt took to Twitter and confirmed that his medal has been upgraded from bronze to silver.


The Russian wrestler Besik Kudukhov died in a car accident in 2013. However, ahead of Rio Olympics, the International Olympic Committee had re-tested his sample which was collected in 2012. As per Russian agency flowrestling.org, the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Kudukhov was found positive for dope test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“The samples of five wrestlers, including Russia’s Besik Kudukhov (60 kg) and Uzbekistan’s Artur Taymazov’s (120 kg), have tested positive for banned substances. Kudukhov failed a dope test in re-tests of samples collected during the London Games. With Kudukhov testing positive, Yogeshwar Dutt of India will get the silver,” sources in United World Wrestling (UWW), the governing body, told The Indian Express.

Yogeshwar Dutt will be the second wrestler after Sushil Kumar to win silver at an Olympics. Sushil Kumar, too, won the honour at the London Games but in the 66kg freestyle. However, the official confirmation will have to come from the United World Wrestling (UWW) and the International Olympic Committee.

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