“Every day there should be an improvement.”
I am back with our 7th Olympic winner Sushil Kumar – pahalwan and here is his story of fulfilling Olympic dream.
Moments of Glory
Sushil Kumar became the first Indian to win a wrestling medal at the Olympics after Khashaba Jadhav in Helsinki in 1952. He is the first Indian to win back to back individual Olympic medals. He won Bronze medal in the Men’s 66kg Freestyle Wrestling event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a Silver medal in 2012 London Olympics.
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As It Happened
Wednesday, August 20, 2008, Beijing China
Sushil Kumar defeated American Doug Schwab in the first round and Belarusian Albert Batyrov in the second. For Bronze medal match, Kumar beat Spiridonov 3:1, with scores of 2-1, 0-1, 2-0 in three rounds. Kumar disclosed that he had no masseur during the three bouts he won within a span of 70 minutes to take the Bronze. The team manager Kartar Singh who is a former Asian Games medallist acted as the masseur for him. Sushil fought bravely after vomiting and suffering dehydration following his semi-final match victory to Akzhurek Tanatarov of Kazakhstan. The final match was held within 3 hours after his semi-final victory.
Life Of The Champion
Sushil comes from a wrestling background, traditional wrestling grounds or ‘akhadas’ always fascinated him. Sushil competes in a sport of mud and mats. It is still considered as a de-glamorous sport. His cousin Sandeep, a local wrestling champion, encouraged him to take up wrestling. But since the family’s limited resources permitted only one of them to follow wrestling, so Sandeep had to quit. With a modest income, Sushil’s father, a DTC bus driver, took great pains to ensure that Sushil had no hardships in pursuing his wrestling career.
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Sushil who is also the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (India’s highest sports person award) awardee attributes his strengths and inspiration to his parents. Truly he is an incredible Pahalwan with a great achievement!