Wrestling is one of the most popular and most followed sports in India and the Indian soil has produced so many World famous wrestlers. One of them is the only individual double medal winner in the Olympic Games (since Independence) Sushil Kumar whose name needs no introduction in the field of wrestling.
Sushil Kumar was born in Baprola Village, South West Delhi. His father Diwan Singh worked as a driver in MTNL and his mother Kamla Devi is a housewife. He was inspired to join wrestling by his elder cousin Sandeep, who later left the sport as the family could support only one wrestler. He started training at the age of years at Chhatrasal Stadium’s Akhada under Yashvir and Ramphal.
Being a pure vegetarian from the beginning, it was hard for him to compete in the sport but he completed the need of necessary dietary supplements by Milk, Ghee, and Fresh Vegetables. He trained very hard and passionately since the beginning of his career and he made his mark for the first time in the World Cadet Games in 1998 by winning a Gold medal, after which he won Gold Medal at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in 2000.
After which he conquered many competitions one after another including Gold at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship in 2003 and 2007 and Bronze Medal at Asian Games in Doha 2006. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he won Bronze Medal in the 66 kg weight category in Freestyle Wrestling. That defeat made his more determined and he trained more rigorously than before which led him to win Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010.
In the same year, he made history by becoming the first Indian to win World Wrestling Championship Gold Medal. In the 2012 London Olympics, he was the flag bearer for the Indian contingent at which he won Silver Medal for the country. He continued his dominance in the Commonwealth Games and won Gold Medal again at Glasgow 2014.
Sushil Kumar with Silver Medal at London Olympics
In 2017 Commonwealth Championship at Johannesburg he won his fifth Gold Medal in the championship. In 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia he won his third consecutive Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games. He was also awarded with Arjuna Award in the year 2006 and Padma Shri in the year 2011 by the Indian Government for excellence in the field on Wrestling.
Sushil has won this much medals that no Indian Wrestler or athlete can match his achievements till now. He became an inspiration for many Indian Wrestlers such as Olympic Bronze Medalist Yogeshwar Dutt and Bajrang Punia. He made wrestling even more popular in India and inspired many people to join this sport.