|Full Name||Sushil Kumar Solanki|
|Discipline||Men's Freestyle Wrestling|
|Known For||"The only Indian to win two individual Olympic medals. (Silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics and Bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics)"|
|Born||26 May 1983||Age||34|
|Nickname||Sushil||Hometown||Baprola, Delhi, India|
|Height||166 cm / 5' 5"||Weight||66 kg / 145 lb|
|Ethnicity||Indian||Relationship Status||Married to Savi Sushil Solanki|
Education and Family
|Educational Qualification||-||Work||Assistant Commercial Manager in Indian Railways.|
|Father||Diwan Singh (Former Wrestler, and a Bus Driver)||Mother||Kamla Devi|
|Wife||Siva Sushil Solanki||Sons||Suvarn & Suveer (Twins)|
|Brother||Sandeep Kumar||Coach||Yashvir, Ramphal, Satpal, Gyan Singh, and Rajkumar Baisla Gurjar|
Sushil Kumar's Career
Sushil Kumar was born in a Hindu Jat family of Baprola village, near Najafgarh in South West Delhi, where he was inspired to take up wrestling by his father, himself a wrestler, and his cousin Sandeep who later stopped competing as the family could only support one wrestler.
The sacrifice a brother did to train a 14-year-old Sushil Kumar at the Akhada (wrestling school) in the Chhatrasal Stadium, where he was coached by Yashvir and Ramphal.
Later being coached by Arjuna awardee Satpal, and after switching to freestyle wrestling Sushil Kumar's first success came at the World Cadet Games in 1998 where he won the gold medal in his weight category (60kg), 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.
Then, He also won gold medals at the Commonwealth wrestling championships in 2005 and 2007. while placed seventh in the 2007 World Championships.
But all these achievements were also not enough to get noticed by the Indian sports authorities. So Sushil Kumar stepped up a bit, in the Beijing Olympics 2008, where after losing the first round of the 66 kg freestyle wrestling event and leaving his medal hopes hinging on the repechage, he defeated Doug Schwab in the first repechage round and Albert Batyrov in the second round. Then in the bronze medal match on 20 August 2008, Kumar beat Leonid Spiridonov 3:1, whereafter the medal, Sushil 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
Then what? Just records started to break and roll, while only one name was on the top, Sushil Kumar, as at the 2010 World Wrestling Championships he became the first Indian to win a world title in wrestling, by beating the local favourite Alan Gogaev of Russia 3–1 in the finals in the 66 kg category.
He later, won the gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi on 10 October 2010, where he beat Heinrich Barnes 7–0 in the finals of 66 kg freestyle wrestling category.
Sushil Kumar continued his Olympic run in 2012 London Olympics, where he won a silver medal after losing the final to Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu. Earlier, he had entered the final amid some controversy by beating Kazakhstan's Akzhurek Tanatarov in the semifinal, when the Kazakh athlete claimed that Kumar had bitten his ear, which was denied by the latter.
He was also the Olympic flag bearer for India at the opening ceremony.
Then at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Sushil Kumar defeated Qamar Abbas in the 74 kg final to win the gold medal in 107 seconds by fall.
While at the time of 2016 Rio Olympics, fellow wrestler, Narsingh Yadav booked the only quota place for the country by winning a bronze medal in the Las Vegas world championship in the 74kg category, when Sushil was out of the tournament because of the shoulder injury, but this affected wrong on Sushil Kumar's Rio Olympic dream, which was overed by the Delhi High Court which had dismissed wrestler Sushil Kumar's plea for a trial against Narsingh Yadav to decide on a berth in the 74kg category at the Rio Olympic berth.
Still, we have lots of games to be witnessed and to be played by this amazing wrestler.
Achievements and Awards
- 2003 Asian Championships, New Delhi - Bronze (60 kg Freestyle)
- 2003 Commonwealth Championship, London - Gold (60 kg Freestyle)
- 2005 Commonwealth Championship, Cape Town - Gold (66 kg Freestyle)
- 2005 Commonwealth Championship, Cape Town - Bronze (66 kg Greco-Roman)
- 2006 Asian Games, Doha - Bronze (66 kg Freestyle)
- 2007 Asian Championships, Bishkek - Silver (66 kg Freestyle)
- 2007 Commonwealth Championship, London - Gold (66 kg Freestyle)
- 2008 Asian Championships, Jeju Island - Bronze (66 kg Freestyle)
- 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing - Bronze (66 kg Freestyle)
- ₹5.5 million (US$86,000) cash award and promotion to Assistant Commercial Manager from chief ticketing inspector by Railway Ministry (his employer)
- ₹5 million (US$78,000) cash award from the Delhi Government.
- ₹2.5 million (US$39,000) award by the Haryana Government.
- ₹2.5 million (US$39,000) cash award by the Steel Ministry of India.
- ₹500,000 (US$7,800) cash award by R K Global.
- ₹1 million (US$16,000) cash award by the Maharashtra State Government.
- ₹1 million (US$16,000) cash award from MTNL.
- 2009 Commonwealth Championship, Jalandhar - Gold (66 kg Freestyle)
- 2010 Asian Championships, New Delhi - Gold (66 kg Freestyle)
- 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi - Gold (66 kg Freestyle)
- 2010 World Wrestling Championships, Moscow - Gold (66 kg Freestyle)
- ₹1 million (US$16,000) cash award from Indian Railways (his employer) & out-of-turn promotion from his current position of Asst. Commercial Manager.
- ₹1 million (US$16,000) cash award from Sports Authority of India, (Government of India).
- ₹1 million (US$16,000) cash award from the Delhi Government
- 2012 Olympic Games, London - Silver (66 kg Freestyle)
- ₹20 million (US$310,000) cash reward from the Delhi Government
- ₹15 million (US$230,000) cash reward from the Haryana Government
- ₹7.5 million (US$120,000) cash reward from the Indian Railway
- Land area in Sonipat for Wrestling academy by the Haryana Government.
- ₹1 million (US$16,000) cash award from ONGC.
- 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow - Gold (74 kg Freestyle)
- Arjuna Award, 2005
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (joint), India's highest sporting honour.
- Padma Shri, 2011
- Kumar endorses brands such as Mountain Dew, Eicher tractors, and the National Egg Coordination Committee which earns him ₹10 million (US$160,000) annually. He refused the offer of ₹5 million (US$78,000) to appear in a surrogate ad for a leading liquor brand.