Sushil Kumar (Wrestler) – Family, Career & Achievements

Sushil Kumar Solanki, age 34(as on published date) is an Indian freestyle wrestler. The First Indian to win two individual Olympic medals in 66kg Category ( 2010 world title, a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics ). His 2008 Olympic medal was second for India in wrestling, after Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav’s bronze medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

Physical Status

Height – 5.5′ (166 cm)
Weight – 66 kgs

Medals

Gold – 10
Silver – 2
Bronze – 5

Awards & Achievements

* Arjuna Award, 2005
* July 2019 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award (joint), India’s highest sporting
   honour.
* Padma Shri, 2011

*Hatrick Gold Medals in CWG (2010, 2014 & 2018)

Early Life & Family

Sushil Kumar was born in 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 housewife.

Sushil Kumar Family & Relatives

Sushil Kumar FamilySushil’s mother Kamla Devi (2nd from right)

Kumar was encouraged to take up wrestling with his father, himself a wrestler, and his cousin Sandeep. Sandeep later stopped wrestling as the family could only support one wrestler.

Sushil Kumar Father

Sushil Kumar Father

Kumar got Married to Savi, daughter of his coach Satpal Singh.

Sushil Kumar Wife Savi

Sushil Kumar Wife

Sushil Kumar Marriage

sushil-kumar-marriage

From the age of 14, Kumar started Training in pehlwani wrestling at the akhada (wrestling school) in the Chhatrasal Stadium With minimal funds and poor training facilities for wrestling in India.

sushil kumar training

Even for the 2008 Olympic, his family made sure he took the necessary dietary additions by sending him tinned milk, ghee and fresh vegetables. He is a dedicated Hindu and the strict vegetarian.

Sushil Kumar Diet

1. 3 kg of milk + 1 big bowl of white butter daily is a must.
2. 300-400 grams of almonds which add up to around 15 kg in a month
3. Sprouts, fruits, fruit juices, other dry fruits and some veggies are also on the diet plan.
4. Eggs are occasional.
5. Protein shakes, 2-3 bowls of curd etc. is part of daily diet.
6. 5-6 Paranthas at breakfast and 5-6 Rotis at Lunch and Dinner plus Rice is his staple diet.
7. Two big bowls of Daal and white rice are always included in his meals.
8. Kumar is presently working in the Indian Railways as an assistant commercial manager.

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Sushil Kumar Coach Satpal Singh

Sushil Kumar Coach Satpal Singh

Career

After shifting to freestyle wrestling Kumar’s first breakthrough 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 2004

2008
Sushil Kumar won Bronze Medal in Beijing Olympics by beat Leonid Spiridonov 3:1. Kumar confessed that he had no masseur during the three bouts he won within a span of 70 minutes to take the bronze.

Sushil Kumar Bronze in 2008 Olympics

Sushil kumar Bronze in 2008 Olympics

The team manager Kartar Singh who is a former Asian Games medallist acted as the masseur for him.

2009
In Common Wealth Championship at Jalandhar Kumar Won Gold Medal in 66 kg Category.

2010
At the 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.

Kumar won the Gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi in the 66 kg freestyle wrestling category.

2012
In 2012 London Olympics Sushil Kumar won Silver Medal after losing the final to Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu. Kumar was the Olympic flag bearer for India at the opening ceremony.

London Olympics Medal

2014
Kumar defeated 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.

Sushil Kumar 2016 Olympics

Sushil Medal CWG 2014

Sushil Medal CWG

2017
In Commonwealth Championship 2017 held at Johannesburg Kumar won Gold Medal in 74 kg Category

2018

In 2018 CWG held at Gold Coast, Australia Sushil Won GoldMedal in 74 kgs Category and it made a hattrick Gold Medals in CWG

Gold medal at 2018 CWG

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Commercial Endorsements

Kumar endorses brands such as Mountain Dew, Eicher tractors, and the National Egg Coordination Committee which earns him ₹10 million (US$150,000) annually.

He refused the offer of ₹5 million (US$77,000) to appear in a surrogate ad for a leading liquor brand.

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.”
—- Say’s Sushil Kumar

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