With Sushil's silver, India received six medals to become its best ever show at Olympics. In all, wrestling and shooting gave India two medals each, while women boxing and badminton got it one medal each.
Sushil Kumar, a native of village Baprola near Najafgarh in Delhi, was inspired to take up wrestling by his cousin Sandeep and his father who was a traditional wrestler. He started his training at the age of 14.
Sushil is a vegetarian but fond of milk and ghee. He presently works with the Indian Railways as an Assistant Commercial Manager.
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