Sushil Kumar not hopeful of gold at London Olympics
New Delhi: Sushil Kumar feels that repeating his Beijing Olympics exploits in London next year is going to be a tough task.
The 66kg category freestyle wrestler, who won an Olympic bronze medal in 2008 but crashed out in the second round of the World Championships in Istanbul two weeks ago, said the competition at the top was cut-throat.
"Currently, there are about four wrestlers who are capable of winning the (Olympic) gold. There is hardly anything to choose between the top four in the world now," Sushil told Mail Today.
Sushil said Iran's Mehdi Taghavi and Japan's Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu stood a real chance to win in London. "Mehdi and Tatsuhiro are two of the best in the game right now. Mehdi won the gold at the Worlds while Tatsuhiro clinched the silver. Apart from these two, there are Jabrayil Hasanov (Azerbaijan) and Livan Lopez (Cuba). I feel one of these four will win the gold at London," he said.
But London has been a happy hunting ground for him, and that gives Sushil some hope. "I have very good memories of London. I won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Championships in 2003 and 2007 there. I just hope and pray that London proves to be lucky for me a third time as well," Sushil said.
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