Indian Wrestling Champion: Sushil Kumar

Blog by: Suryakant. Tripathi.

Sushil Kumar was inspired to take up wrestling by his cousin Sandeep. The family could support only one person and Sandeep was the one who backed out. Sushil started training with minimal funds and poor training facilities. However, his family helped him to prepare for national and international competitions.

He claimed the top spot in Commonwealth Champions on five occasions. He won gold twice at the 2010 & 2014 Commonwealth Games.

His best effort came at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when he clinched bronze in the 66 Kg category. In the 2012 London Olympics, he went one better to win the silver medal thus becoming the first Indian to win back-to-back individual medals at the Olympics.

Arjuna award – 2005
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – 2009
Padma Shri – 2011.