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Yogeshwar Dutt's bronze medal might turn into gold

Dutt had won the bronze medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games. In photo: Yogeshwar Dutt (1st from right) on August 11, 2012. Photograph: (Getty)

New Delhi, India Sep 02, 2016, 02.24 PM (IST)

Olympic bronze medal-winning wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt may get the gold after the winner of his 60kg event failed a dope test, Hindustan Times reported.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), however, is yet to release a statement confirming that London Games gold medallist Toghrul Asgarov had taken a banned substance.

Thirty three-year-old Dutt had originally won the bronze medal four years back.

But his medal was upgraded to a silver medal earlier this week for similar reasons. 

The elevation in Dutt's medal colour comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) improved its dope-testing techniques.

Dutt, though, will have to wait for the gold medal. He will also need to clear the doping test.

If he does, he will become the India's second individual athlete after shooter Abhinav Bindra to win an Olympic gold.

(WION)

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