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Sushil Kumar – The Greatest Indian Wrestler who rose to glory

Sushil Kumar Solanki (born 26 May 1983) is an Indian freestyle wrestler

Sushil Kumar Indian Freestyle Wrestler.

India’s best wrestler, Sushil Kumar is back as he bagged another gold medal at the recently-concluded National Championships in Indore. However, he was not happy the way his opponents surrendered against him. His gold was overshadowed as he received three walkovers in the tournament. Sushil Kumar wrestles for two minutes to win gold. There was a lot of buzzes as he returned with some newspapers saying the ‘The lion is back.’

“A lion is a ‘King of beasts’ obviously for a reason” –  Jack Hanna

Early Life and Background of Sushil Kumar

Sushil Kumar, born on 26 May 1983 in a Hindu Jat family of Baprola village, near Najafgarh in South West Delhi. He comes from a wrestling background as well. His father, Diwan Singh, a driver in MTNL Delhi and his cousin Sandeep, both were wrestlers. Kumar started his training at the Akhada (wrestling school) in the Chhatrasal Stadium from the age of 14 under the guidance of Yashvir and Ramphal. His family supported him a lot during tough times as well. Sushil’s family made sure his necessary dietary supplements by sending him tinned milk, ghee, and fresh vegetables even with minimal funds. His cousin Sandeep stopped competing because the family could only support one wrestler. It was his family’s support and blessings bestowed upon him to be the best wrestler in India.


Sushil Kumar Inspiring Story

Sushil Kumar – Great Indian Wrestler who rose to glory

 Glorious Career and Journey

Sushil switched to freestyle wrestling and get the taste of success soon. Kumar’s first success was to win a gold medal at the World Cadet Games in 1998, followed by the gold at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in 2000. In 2003, Kumar won the bronze medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships and the gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships. However, these all achievements got unnoticed as he performed badly in 2004 Athens Olympic, getting the 14th position in 60 Kg weight class. After this, Kumar practiced a lot and entered in 66 Kg weight class and from there, he never backed down.

A Glimpse of His Achievements 

  • 2008 Beijing Olympics: Kumar was on verge of getting eliminated after he lost to Andriy Stadnik in the first round of the 66 kg freestyle wrestling event. However, he made a super comeback by defeating Doug Schwab in the first repechage round and Albert Batyrov in the second round. He grabs the Bronze medal by defeating Leonid Spiridonov on 20 August 2008.
  • 2010 World Wrestling Championships, Moscow: He became the first Indian to win a world title in wrestling by beating the local favorite Alan Gogaev of Russia 3–1 in the finals.
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi: He won the gold medal in Delhi on 10 October 2010 by beating Heinrich Barnes 7–0 in the finals in the 66 kg freestyle wrestling category. In the quarterfinals, Kumar defeated Muhammad Salman 10–0 in 46 seconds.
  • 2012 London Olympics: Being the Olympic flag bearer for India at the opening ceremony, Kumar justified his position by winning Silver after beating Kazakhstan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov in the semifinal. He lost the lost the final to Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu.
  • 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow: Kumar defeated Qamar Abbas in the 74 kg final to win the gold medal. It was the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in just 107 seconds.

Sushil Kumar is presently working with the Indian Railways as an assistant commercial manager. He is working towards proving the necessary coaching to the young talent in Wrestling.

Sushil Kumar Story

Sushil Kumar is an Indian freestyle wrestler


Undoubtedly, Sushil Kumar is the best wrestler India has seen. He is not only bringing the laurels for our country but also working to guide the young talent in Wrestling. The hard work, dedication, and simplicity are the key factors of the Sushil’s success. He has just qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games as well, and we can again expect a gold medal. He believes that the best wishes of Indians have kept him going till now.

“Don`t give up and never respond! Believe in yourself and your luck; you can do everything!” – Anonymous

References: Indian Express, Wikipedia

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