Updated: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:07:17 GMT | By pa.press.net

Sushil Kumar

India Sushil Kumar


Wrestler Sushil Kumar, who won a bronze medal at Beijing 2008. (© Press Association)

Wrestler Sushil Kumar, who won a bronze medal at Beijing 2008.

Born: 26/05/1983

Place of birth: Delhi

Event: Freestyle Wrestling

Previous Olympics: 2

Previous medals: 1

Freestyle wrestler Kumar has single-handedly raised the profile of wrestling in India with his success.

Kumar's first Olympic outing came at Athens 2004, where he finished 14th in the 60 kilograms category.

He then entered in the 66kg category in Beijing and, by winning bronze, he became India's first wrestling medallist since KD Jadhav at the Helsinki 1952 Games.

Kumar followed up with gold medals at the Wrestling World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in 2010. He was subsequently awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna prize by the government for his outstanding achievements in sport.

However, Kumar failed to defend his world title in 2011 after suffering a shock defeat in the second round in Istanbul.