Sushil Kumar (wrestler)

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Sushil Kumar
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Sushil Kumar in 2010
Personal information
Nationality Indian
Born (1983-05-26) 26 May 1983 (age 33)[1]
Baprola, Delhi, India
Height 166 cm (5 ft 5 in)[2]
Sport
Country India
Sport Wrestling
Event(s) Freestyle
Club NIS, Delhi
Coached by Gyan Singh, Rajkumar Baisla Gurjar
Updated on 13 September 2015.

Sushil Kumar Solanki (born 26 May 1983)[1] is an Indian freestyle wrestler. Competing in the 66 kg weight division he won the 2010 world title, a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which made him the only Indian to win two individual Olympic medals.[8][9] His 2008 Olympic medal was second for India in wrestling, and the first since Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav's bronze medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics.[10] In July 2009, he received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – India's highest honour for sportspersons.[11] On 3 October 2010, Kumar handed the Queen's Baton to Prince Charles in the Queen's Baton Relay for the 2010 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.[12][13] Sushil won the gold medal in the 74 kg division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[14]

Biography[edit]

Sushil Kumar was born in a Hindu Jat family of Baprola village,[15][16] near Najafgarh in South West Delhi. His father, Diwan Singh,[17] was a driver in MTNL Delhi, while his mother, Kamla Devi, is a housewife. He was inspired to take up wrestling by his cousin Sandeep and his father, who wrestled himself. Sandeep later stopped competing as the family could only support one wrestler. Kumar trained in pehlwani wrestling at the akhada (wrestling school) in the Chhatrasal Stadium from the age of 14. With minimal funds and poor training facilities for wrestling in India, even for the 2008 Olympic team, his family made sure he obtained the necessary dietary supplements by sending him tinned milk, ghee and vegetables.[18][19] He is a devoted Hindu and strict vegetarian.[20][21] Kumar is presently employed with the Indian Railways as an assistant commercial manager.[10]

Career[edit]

Kumar at 2008 Summer Olympics

Kumar started training in pehlwani at the Chhatrasal Stadium's akhada at the age of 14. He was trained at the akhada by Yashvir and Ramphal, later by Arjuna awardee Satpal and then at the Indian Railways camp by Gyan Singh and Rajkumar Baisla Gurjar.[10][22]

After switching to freestyle wrestling Kumar's first success came at the World Cadet Games in 1998 where he won the gold medal in his weight category, followed by a gold at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in 2000. Moving out of the junior competitions, in 2003 Kumar won the bronze medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships and a gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships. Kumar placed fourth at the 2003 World Championships, but this went largely unnoticed by the Indian media as he fared badly in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, placing 14th in the 60 kg weight class. He won gold medals at the Commonwealth wrestling championships in 2005 and 2007. He placed seventh in the 2007 World Championships and won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, becoming the first person to win two Olympic medals for independent India.[23] Kumar was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2006 and a coveted Padma shree by the Indian Government in 2011.[24]

2008 Beijing Olympics[edit]

Kumar lost to Andriy Stadnik in the first round of the 66 kg freestyle wrestling event,[25] leaving his medal hopes hinging on the repechage. He defeated Doug Schwab in the first repechage round and Albert Batyrov in the second round. In the bronze medal match on 20 August 2008, Kumar beat Leonid Spiridonov 3:1.[26] 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.[27]

2010 World Wrestling Championships, Moscow[edit]

At the 2010 World Wrestling Championships Kumar became the first Indian to win a world title in wrestling. He beat the local favourite Alan Gogaev of Russia 3–1 in the finals in the 66 kg category.

2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi[edit]

Kumar won gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi on 10 October 2010. He beat Heinrich Barnes 7–0 in the finals in the 66 kg freestyle wrestling category. The bout was stopped by the referee in the second round. Earlier, in the semifinals, Kumar defeated Famara Jarjou 3–0 within 9 seconds. In the quarterfinals, Kumar defeated Muhammad Salman 10–0 in 46 seconds.[28]

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Kumar (left) at the 2012 Olympics

Kumar won a silver medal after losing the final to Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu.[29] Earlier, he had entered the final amid some controversy by beating Kazakhastan's Akzhurek Tanatarov in the semifinal. The Kazakh athlete claimed that Kumar had bitten his ear, which was denied by the latter.[30] Kumar was the Olympic flag bearer for India at the opening ceremony.[31]

2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow[edit]

Kumar defeated Qamar Abbas in the 74 kg final to win the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. He won in 107 seconds by fall.

Commercial endorsements[edit]

"I didn’t want to be associated with a liquor brand in any form as it would send a wrong signal to the youth. The sporting tradition that I have been raised in values discipline way above money."

– Sushil Kumar explaining reason for refusing a liquor ad.[32]

Kumar endorses brands such as Mountain Dew, Eicher tractors, and the National Egg Coordination Committee which earns him 10 million (US$150,000) annually. He refused the offer of 5 million (US$74,000) to appear in a surrogate ad for a leading liquor brand.[32]

Awards, rewards and recognition[edit]

For the bronze medal at 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • 5.5 million (US$82,000) cash award and promotion to Assistant Commercial Manager from chief ticketing inspector by Railway Ministry (his employer)[34]
  • 5 million (US$74,000) cash award from the Delhi Government.[34]
  • 2.5 million (US$37,000) award by the Haryana Government.[34]
  • 2.5 million (US$37,000) cash award by the Steel Ministry of India.[34]
  • 500,000 (US$7,400) cash award by R K Global.[34]
  • 1 million (US$15,000) cash award by the Maharashtra State Government.
  • 1 million (US$15,000) cash award from MTNL.
For the gold medal at 2010 World Wrestling Championships
  • 1 million (US$15,000) cash award from Indian Railways (his employer) & out-of-turn promotion from his current position of Asst. Commercial Manager.
  • 1 million (US$15,000) cash award from Sports Authority of India, (Government of India).
  • 1 million (US$15,000) cash award from the Delhi Government
For the silver medal at 2012 London Olympics
  • 20 million (US$300,000) cash reward from the Delhi Government
  • 15 million (US$220,000) cash reward from the Haryana Government
  • 07.5 million (US$110,000) cash reward from the Indian Railway
  • Land area in Sonipat for Wrestling academy by the Haryana Government.
  • 1 million (US$15,000) cash award from ONGC.[35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Athlete Biography: Sushil Kumar". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Archived from the original on 23 August 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Sushil Kumar. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ "2003 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships – London, Ontario, Canada ARTICLES & RESULTS". Commonwealth Amateur Wrestling Association (CAWA). Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "2005 – Commonwealth Wrestling Championships – Information & RESULTS". Commonwealth Amateur Wrestling Association (CAWA). Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "2005 – Commonwealth Wrestling Championships – Information & RESULTS". Commonwealth Amateur Wrestling Association (CAWA). Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "2007 – Commonwealth Wrestling Championships – Information & RESULTS". Commonwealth Amateur Wrestling Association (CAWA). Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "2009 Commonwealth Championships – INFO and RESULTS". Commonwealth Amateur Wrestling Association (CAWA). Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Naik, Shivani (27 December 2015). "From MS Dhoni to Leander Paes to Sushil Kumar, India's biggest sport stars who might retire in 2016". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. ...India’s only individual double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar. 
  9. ^ "Kumar claims 63kg bronze". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  10. ^ a b c Masand, Ajai (20 August 2008). "Meet Sushil Kumar, the shy guy". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 21 August 2008. 
  11. ^ "Mary Kom, Vijender and Sushil get Khel Ratna". The Hindu. 29 July 2009
  12. ^ CBC, 2010 Commonwealth Games, Opening Ceremonies, airdate 3 October 2010, 9:00am-12:30pm (Eastern), c. 2h20m mark, CBC Television main network
  13. ^ "CWG Opening ceremony: Live Blog", Geetika Rustagi, 3 October 2010 (Retrieved 5 October 2010)
  14. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2014 : Wrestler`s Amit Kumar, Sushil Kumar and Vinesh won gold". Patrika Group. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Man from Baprola achieved what 'Pocket Dynamo' did 56 years ago". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "Sushil's journey: From mud pit to Olympic podiums". The Hindu. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  17. ^ Kallury, Kruttika. "Sushil Kumar: Lord of the ring". India Today. India Today Group. 
  18. ^ Ganesan, Uthra (21 August 2008). "Najafgarh hails golden bronze boy". Express India. Retrieved 21 August 2008. 
  19. ^ "Sushil puts Boprala on wrestling map of the world". Sify. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2006. 
  20. ^ Sengupta, Somini (25 August 2008). "3 Olympic medals for a new India". The New York Times. 
  21. ^ A sporty edge. Telegraphindia.com (15 February 2009). Retrieved on 5 September 2015.
  22. ^ Chakravertty, Shreya (21 August 2008). "20 to a room, two to a bed: This is where the medal came from". The Indian Express. Retrieved 21 August 2008. 
  23. ^ Sushil finally qualifies for London Olympics – IBNLive. Ibnlive.in.com (27 April 2012). Retrieved on 5 September 2015.
  24. ^ Padma Shri for Laxman, Sushil Kumar. The Hindu (25 January 2011). Retrieved on 5 September 2015.
  25. ^ "Grappler Sushil Kumar wins bronze". The Times of India. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  26. ^ "Bout Result Men's FR 66 kg Bronze /Bout No.92 /Mat B". The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. 20 August 2008. Archived from the original on 29 August 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  27. ^ Sengupta, Abhijit (28 August 2008). "Lessons from Beijing". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 September 2008. 
  28. ^ "Somdev Devvarman wins 29th CWG gold for India". The Times of India. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  29. ^ Olympics: Sushil Kumar writes history, wins silver for India Archived 16 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  30. ^ "No, I didn't bite my opponent's ear: Sushil Kumar". The Times of India (28 August 2012). Retrieved on 5 September 2015.
  31. ^ Olympics 2012: Sushil Kumar promises a fight by Indian wrestlers. Dnaindia.com (5 August 2012). Retrieved on 5 September 2015.
  32. ^ a b "Sushil Kumar says no to Rs. 50-lakh liquor ad". Hindustan Times. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  33. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  34. ^ a b c d e "Rewards pour in for Sushil Kumar". The Hindu. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  35. ^ "ONGC announces 25 lakh rupees for each Olympics Gold". ONGC. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Flagbearer for  India
London 2012
Succeeded by
Abhinav Bindra