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Sushil Kumar

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Sushil Kumar was born on 26 May 1983, in Baprola village, located in the outskirts of New Delhi, to Diwan Singh and his wife Kamla Devi. His father was employed as a bus driver at the Delhi Transport Corporation and used to be a wrestling enthusiast in his own right. Kumar’s cousin Sandeep was a wrestler as well and it was from his cousin that he was inspired to pick up wrestling. His father helped him as well. When he was 14 years old, Kumar started training as a wrestler at the ‘akhada’ or wrestling academy located in Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi. One of his trainers was the famous wrestler Satpal. Sushil Kumar started competing in the junior levels and in 1998 he won his first tournament when he emerged as the gold medal winner at the World Cadet Games. Two years later, he went on to win the gold medal yet again at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship to emerge as one of the most promising young wrestling talents in the country.

 

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Career

In 2003, Kumar participated in the Asian Wrestling Championship held in New Delhi, and ended up as the bronze medal winner in 60kg freestyle category. In the same year he won a gold medal in the freestyle category at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship, London. Sushil Kumar was part of the Indian wrestling contingent at the 2004 Athens Olympics but his performance was not up to the mark and he finished at the 14th position in the 60kg freestyle category. In 2005, he participated in the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship, held in Cape Town and won the gold medal in 66kg freestyle category and bronze medal in the 66kg Greco-Roman categoryIn 2006 Doha Asian Games, he won the bronze medal in the 66kg freestyle category and in the 2007 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship, held in London, he once again won the gold medal in 66kg freestyle category.

In 2008 Beijing Olympics he bagged the bronze medal in the 66kg freestyle category. His performance in the Beijing Olympics was all the more creditable because he lost in the first round and made a comeback in the repechage. In 2010 World Wrestling Championships held in Moscow, Sushil Kumar created history when he became the first Indian to win a world title in wrestling. In the same year, he won the the gold medal in the 66kg freestyle category in the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi. In 2012, he once again created history when he won the silver medal in the 66kg freestyle category at the London Olympics and became the first Indian to win back to back individual Olympic medals. In 2014, Sushil Kumar won the gold medal in the 74 kg freestyle category at the Commonwealth Games that took place in Glasgow, Scotland. In the final, he defeated Qamar Abbas of Pakistan in 107 seconds by fall.

 

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Personal Life

He got married to Savi Solanki, the daughter of well-known wrestler guru Satpal, on 18 February 2011. The couple was blessed with twin boys in 2014.

 

Awards

2005:- Arjuna Award

2008:- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award (joint), India's highest sporting honour.

2011:- Padma Shri

 

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