Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar won silver in the 66kg freestyle category after being out-done by Japanese Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu by 3-1. Nonetheless, he created history by becoming the first Indian sportsperson to win individual medals in succession in two Olympics.
SUSHIL WAS not at his best and trailed 0-1 after the first round. While within 30 seconds of the second round, Yonemitsu lifted him up and banged him to fetch decisive three points lead.
In the second round, Sushil was completely un-done by the 25-year-old Kazakh wrestler who tossed him over on the mat to get 3-0 clincher.
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.