Yashvir, Ramphal, Satpal, Gyan Singh, and Rajkumar Baisla Gurjar
Highlights From 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.
In 2003, Sushil Kumar’s performance increase with a graph of slope one. He not only finished Asian Wrestling Championships with the Bronze Medal but also clinched gold at Commonwealth Wrestling Championships.
But unfortunately, Olympic games 2004, held in Athens didn’t go too well for him, as he finished the tournament at 14th position in the 60kg weight category. A dream of winning a medal in Olympic needed to wait.
But Sushil Kumar never stopped winning medals in different international tournaments. Next, to the Olympic failure, it was Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in 2005, and 2007, where he finished with the GOLD.
But you know, you needed to rise high, as much as you could, to be noticed by some big people out there. So Sushil Kumar also stepped up, increased his game and brought out perfection in his wrestling moves for the upcoming Beijing Olympics 2008.
But he lost the game even in the first round of 66kg freestyle wrestling and all the hopes, hard work he did, remained hanging in the middle of his next matches results.
By the way, he defeated Doug Schwab, and Albert Batyrov in first and second round respectively. Then in the match against Leonid Spiridonov for the Bronze Medal, Sushil Kumar won his first ever Olympic medal in 70 minutes of thriller.
It was the first ever record he set up, after which many records had been broke and rolled, while only one name was on the top, Sushil Kumar.
Well, we should tell you that, he is the only Indian wrestler to claim the wrestling title. He proved himself to the world at 2010 World Wrestling Championships, by beating Alan Gogaev (Russia) in 66kg weight category.
After winning another Gold at 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, Sushil Kumar got a pleasure to be a flag bearer from the Indian side in the Olympics 2012, where also he continued his Olympic run at London by claiming 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.
Later, 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 ordered 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
Still, we have lots of games to be witnessed and to be played by this amazing wrestler, who recently decreased his 3kg weight in just one day, to participate in the 74kg category at Nationals. He later won Gold and proved everyone out there, that he is one of the best wrestlers in his country.
Achievements and Awards
2003 Asian Championships, New Delhi – Bronze (60 kg Freestyle Event.)
2003 Commonwealth Championship, London – Gold (60 kg Freestyle Event.)
2005 Commonwealth Championship, Cape Town – Gold (66 kg Freestyle Event.)
2005 Commonwealth Championship, Cape Town – Bronze (66 kg Greco-Roman Event.)
2006 Asian Games, Doha – Bronze (66 kg Freestyle Event.)
2007 Asian Championships, Bishkek – Silver (66 kg Freestyle Event.)
2007 Commonwealth Championship, London – Gold (66 kg Freestyle Event.)
2008 Asian Championships, Jeju Island – Bronze (66 kg Freestyle Event.)
2008 Olympic Games, Beijing – Bronze (66 kg Freestyle Event.)
₹5.5 million (US$86,000) cash prize money and promotion to Assistant Commercial Manager from chief ticketing inspector by Railway Ministry (his employer.)
₹5 million (US$78,000) cash prize money from New Delhi Government.
₹2.5 million (US$39,000) cash prize money by Haryana Government.
₹2.5 million (US$39,000) cash prize money by Steel Ministry of India.
₹500,000 (US$7,800) cash prize money by R K Global.
₹1 million (US$16,000) cash prize money by the Maharashtra State Government.
₹1 million (US$16,000) cash prize money from MTNL.
2009 Commonwealth Championship, Jalandhar – Gold (66 kg Freestyle Event.)
2010 Asian Championships, New Delhi – Gold (66 kg Freestyle Event.)
2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi – Gold (66 kg Freestyle Event.)
2010 World Wrestling Championships, Moscow – Gold (66 kg Freestyle Event.)
₹1 million (US$16,000) cash prize money from Indian Railways (his employer) & out-of-turn promotion from his current position of Asst. Commercial Manager.
₹1 million (US$16,000) cash prize money from Sports Authority of India, (Government of India).
₹1 million (US$16,000) cash prize money from the Delhi Government
2012 Olympic Games, London – Silver (66 kg Freestyle Event.)
₹20 million (US$310,000) cash prize money from the Delhi Government.
₹15 million (US$230,000) cash prize money from the Haryana Government.
₹7.5 million (US$120,000) cash prize money 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 Event.)
Arjuna Award, 2005
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (joint), India’s highest sporting honour.
Padma Shri, 2011
Sushil Kumar presents the brand, Mountain Dew, Eicher tractors, and the National Egg Coordination Committee which earns him ₹10 million (US$160,000) annually.