As the Indian Olympic Team embarked on its mission at the London Olympic Games of 2012, a lot of expected of the Indian wrestling contingent that went to the Games, especially with the presence of Sushil Kumar in the team, who won the Bronze medal in the last Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. And the man from Delhi did not disappoint at all as he came back from the London Olympic Games with the Silver medal hanging around his neck.
Sushil won the Silver medal in the 66kgs freestyle wrestling event, where he had to take part in the quarter final, and semi final and final matches all within a span of one hour, and this just makes his achievements an even more sensational one. And although Indians are traditionally known to perform well in wrestling events, Sushil became only the second Indian in 2008 to win a medal at the Olympic Games, a feat achieved after a gap of 56 years.
And if the success of Sushil was not enough for a country of 1.2 billion, hungry for Olympic Games success, another wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt pulled off a stunning upset to win the Bronze medal in the 60kg freestyle category. Yogeshwar also added that it was one of the proudest moments of his life and admitted that he did look at Sushil and his performances at the Beijing Olympic Games as inspiration as the 29 year old was going to the match the day after him.
Although Sushil will be disappointed at not being able to convert a golden opportunity of becoming only the second Indian in the history of the Olympic Games to win an individual Gold medal when he lost the final but the man who grew up in the muddy lanes of Delhi, wrestling with his brother, promised to deliver Gold in Rio in 2016.