In 2008, Sushil Kumar was an underdog when he competed at the Beijing Olympics. Four years later at the London Games, as a world champion and a Commonwealth Games champion, he was a hot favourite to win the men’s 66kg freestyle title.
“What I could not do in Beijing, I will try to do in London,” Sushil had said after his Beijing achievement. And he did not disappoint.
Sushil converted his bronze into silver and achieved the unique record of being the only Indian to land individual medals in consecutive Olympic Games.
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“A lot of people wondered whether we could change the colour of the medal in wrestling. With the blessings and good wishes of the whole country, I am happy that I could do that,” Sushil said after winning the silver medal on the last day of the London Olympics.