Yogeshwar Dutt
India's Yogeshwar Dutt celebrates his victory over North Korea's Jong Myong Ri for the gold medal on the Men's 60Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic GamesReuters

India's wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt won bronze medal in the men's freestyle wrestling 60kg category at the London Olympics on Saturday, adding the country's medal tally to five.

Yogeshwar Dutt beat Ri Jong Myong of North Korea 3-1 in the repechage rounds to bring home a medal.

The Indian grappler put up a spectacular show in the repechage rounds, winning three successive games. It is the first medal for India from the wrestling team.

India's Yogeshwar Dutt celebrates his victory over North Korea's Jong Myong Ri for the gold medal on the Men's 60Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games
India's Yogeshwar Dutt celebrates his victory over North Korea's Jong Myong Ri for the gold medal on the Men's 60Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games

In the repechage rounds, he beat World Championship silver medalist Franklin Gomez Matos of Puerto Rico 3-0 in the first round, Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran 3-1 in the second round and Ri Jong Myong of North Korea in the third and final round to clinch the coveted medal.

Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan beat three-time world champion Besik Kudukhov of Rusia to win the gold while India's Yogeshwar and Coleman Scott of the U.S. bagged the bronze.

The 29-year-old wrestler from Haryana, who won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, lost to defending world champion Besik Kudukhov of Russia 0-3 in the earlier round but came strongly in the repechage rounds.

Azerbaijan's Toghrul Asgarov, Russia's Besik Kudukhov, India's Yogeshwar Dutt and Coleman Scott of U.S. pose at the podium of the Men's 60Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games
Azerbaijan's Toghrul Asgarov, Russia's Besik Kudukhov, India's Yogeshwar Dutt and Coleman Scott of U.S. pose at the podium of the Men's 60Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games

He missed a medal by a whisker in the 2008 Beijing Olympics after losing to Kenichi Yumoto of Japan 3-6 in the quarterfinals. So the bronze medal in London Olympics is a hard-earned and well deserved one for the Indian wrestler.

Yogeshwar Dutt's bronze is India's fifth medal in the ongoing London Olympics and third Olympic medal from wrestling.

India's Yogeshwar Dutt reacts after defaeting North Korea's Jong Myong Ri for the bronze medal on the Men's 60Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games
India's Yogeshwar Dutt reacts after defaeting North Korea's Jong Myong Ri for the bronze medal on the Men's 60Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games

The other Indians who have won medals in the London Olympics are Vijay Kumar - silver in shooting, Gagan Narang - bronze in shooting, Saina Nehwal - bronze in women's badminton singles and MC Mary Kom - bronze medal in women's the 51 kg category boxing.