Kumar in 2014
26 May 1983 
Baprola, Delhi, India
166 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Rajkumar Baisla Gurjar
Updated on 13 September 2015.
Sushil Kumar Solanki (born 26 May 1983) 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.  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. In July 2009, he received the  Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – India's highest honour for sportspersons. 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.  Sushil won the  gold medal in the 74 kg division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 
Biography [ edit ]
Sushil Kumar was born in a
Hindu Jat family of Baprola village,  near  Najafgarh in South West Delhi. His father, Diwan Singh, was a driver in MTNL Delhi, while his mother, Kamla Devi, is a wife and mother. 
Kumar was inspired to take up wrestling by his father, himself a wrestler, and his cousin Sandeep. Sandeep later stopped competing as the family could only support one wrestler. Kumar trained in
pehlwani wrestling at the (wrestling school) in the akhada 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 fresh vegetables.  He is a devoted Hindu and strict vegetarian.   
Kumar is presently employed with the
Indian Railways as an assistant commercial manager. 
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.  
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. Kumar was awarded the  Arjuna Award in 2006 and a coveted Padma shree by the Indian Government in 2011. 
2008 Beijing Olympics [ edit ]
Kumar lost to
Andriy Stadnik in the first round of the 66 kg freestyle wrestling event, 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. 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.  
2010 World Wrestling Championships, Moscow [ edit ]
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. 
2012 London Olympics [ edit ]
Kumar (left) at the 2012 Olympics
Kumar won a silver medal after losing the final to
Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu. 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. Kumar was the  Olympic flag bearer for India at the opening ceremony. 
2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow [ edit ]
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. 
Kumar endorses brands such as
Mountain Dew, Eicher tractors, and the National Egg Coordination Committee which earns him (US$160,000) annually. He refused the offer of ₹10 million (US$78,000) to appear in a ₹5 million surrogate ad for a leading liquor brand. 
Awards, rewards and recognition [ edit ]
For the bronze medal at 2008 Beijing Olympics
(US$85,000) cash award and promotion to Assistant Commercial Manager from chief ticketing inspector by Railway Ministry (his employer) ₹5.5 million 
(US$78,000) cash award from the ₹5 million Delhi Government. 
(US$39,000) award by the ₹2.5 million Haryana Government. 
(US$39,000) cash award by the Steel Ministry of India. ₹2.5 million 
(US$7,800) cash award by ₹500,000 R K Global. 
(US$16,000) cash award by the Maharashtra State Government. ₹1 million
(US$16,000) cash award from ₹1 million MTNL.
For the gold medal at 2010 World Wrestling Championships
(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 ₹1 million Sports Authority of India, ( Government of India).
(US$16,000) cash award from the Delhi Government ₹1 million
For the silver medal at 2012 London Olympics
(US$310,000) cash reward from the Delhi Government ₹20 million
(US$230,000) cash reward from the Haryana Government ₹15 million
(US$120,000) cash reward from the Indian Railway ₹07.5 million Land area in Sonipat for Wrestling academy by the Haryana Government.
(US$16,000) cash award from ₹1 million ONGC. 
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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^ "Mary Kom, Vijender and Sushil get Khel Ratna". The Hindu. 29 July 2009
^ CBC, 2010 Commonwealth Games, Opening Ceremonies, airdate 3 October 2010, 9:00am-12:30pm (Eastern), c. 2h20m mark, CBC Television main network
^ "CWG Opening ceremony: Live Blog" Archived 4 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Geetika Rustagi, 3 October 2010 (Retrieved 5 October 2010)
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^ "Sushil puts Boprala on wrestling map of the world". Sify. 20 August 2008 . Retrieved . 21 April 2006
^ Sengupta, Somini (25 August 2008). "3 Olympic medals for a new India". The New York Times.
^ A sporty edge. Telegraphindia.com (15 February 2009). Retrieved on 5 September 2015.
^ 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
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^ "Grappler Sushil Kumar wins bronze". The Times of India. 20 August 2008 . Retrieved . 20 August 2008
^ "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
^ Sengupta, Abhijit (28 August 2008). "Lessons from Beijing". The Hindu . Retrieved . 4 September 2008
^ "Somdev Devvarman wins 29th CWG gold for India". . 10 October 2010 The Times of India . Retrieved . 10 October 2010
^ Olympics: Sushil Kumar writes history, wins silver for India Archived 16 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
^ "No, I didn't bite my opponent's ear: Sushil Kumar". The Times of India (28 August 2012). Retrieved on 5 September 2015.
^ Olympics 2012: Sushil Kumar promises a fight by Indian wrestlers. Dnaindia.com (5 August 2012). Retrieved on 5 September 2015.
^ a b "Sushil Kumar says no to Rs. 50-lakh liquor ad". Hindustan Times. 11 October 2012. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012 . Retrieved . 11 October 2012
^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014 . Retrieved . 21 July 2015
^ a b c d e "Rewards pour in for Sushil Kumar". The Hindu. 20 August 2008. Archived from the original on 23 August 2008 . Retrieved . 20 August 2008
^ "ONGC announces 25 lakh rupees for each Olympics Gold". ONGC. 16 July 2012. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012 . Retrieved . 12 August 2012
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