Yogeshwar Saturday won the bronze in men’s 60 kg freestyle wrestling.
“I’m happy to have achieved my dream. This is what I have always wanted. I was hungry for this medal,” he told reporters in London.
In his village Bhanswal Kalan in Haryana’s Sonipat district, 75 km from Delhi, Yogeshwar’s mother told the media that wedding bells were in the offing for the wrestler. “I had told him that I will not get him married till he got an Olympic medal. He has fulfilled that. We will arrange his marriage soon,” Sushila Devi, mother of the 29-year-old medallist, said in the village.
His three sisters and two brothers are all married, his brother Mukesh said. After his stunning performance to win the bronze medal, celebrations broke out in his village.
The wrestler’s family members and fellow villagers burst firecrackers, distributed sweets and danced till Saturday night after he won the bronze. The celebrations continued yesterday with scores of people from nearby villages pouring in to congratulate the family. The Haryana government has announced a reward of R1 crore for the wrestler who came from behind and won three wrestling matches in a span of 45 minutes to give India its fifth medal in the London Olympics.