Sushil Kumar
Country India
Date of Birth 1983-05-26
Age 35 years
Birth Place BHAPROLA/DELHI ,India
Major Teams India
Playing Details 74 kg Freestyle Wrestling

Biography

Start of sporting career He took up wrestling at age 14 at the Chhatrasal Stadium's wrestling school in India. (BBC, 06 Apr 2012) Ambitions To win gold medals at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (ndtv.com, 18 Mar 2014; indiatimes.com, 27 Feb 2014) Training He trains six days a week. The sessions are two-and-a-half hours long. (BBC, 06 Apr 2012) Sporting philosophy / motto "Perform to your potential, don't get bogged down by the pressure of expectations. Stay positive and have the right attitude to win." (dnaindia.com, 18 Jul 2014) Awards He was presented with the Padam Shri Award in 2011. (Facebook page, 23 Jul 2014) In 2009 he was a joint winner of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, which is India's highest honour for sportsmen. (blog.taragana.com, 01 Sep 2010) He won an Arjuna Award for 2006, India's second highest national sports award. (hindu.com, 18 Aug 2006) General LANDMARKS He became the first Indian sportsperson to win back-to-back individual medals at the Olympic Games when he claimed silver in the men's 66kg freestyle event at the 2012 Games in London. This followed the bronze he took home from the 2008 Games in Beijing. He also became the first Indian wrestler to win gold at the world championships when he defeated Russia's Alan Gorgaev in the final at the 2010 edition in Moscow, Russia. (indiatimes.com, 12 Aug 2012; BBC, 06 Apr 2012) EARLY DAYS He was inspired to take up wrestling by his father. "[He] was a fantastic wrestler but he gave up a promising career to work on the buses so that he could provide for our family. I remember when I first joined the academy at the Chatrasal Stadium, I had to sleep in a dormitory with 20 other wrestlers. We didn't have much money so my parents brought me tinned milk, ghee and vegetables as I'm a strict vegetarian." (BBC, 06 Apr 2012) Social Media Hear more from the athlete via their Facebook.