Sushil Kumar wins Bronze at Beijing

August 21, 2008

Grappler Sushil Kumar provided an unexpected boost to India’s Olympic campaign by clinching
bronze medal after beating Kazakhstan’s Leonid Spiridonov in the repechage match of the men’s freestyle wrestling 66 kg class in Beijing today (August 20).

Sushil also thwarted the challenge from American Doug Schwab and Belarrussian Albert Batyrov in the first two repechage rounds after losing his opening round bout earlier in the day. Sushil Kumar fought three opponents in one hour to win Bronze. Declaring that he will continue to win medals for India, Sushil Kumar said, “Each one of those bouts were tiring and nerve wracking and each one of the opponents were very tough and skilled.

Sushil is only the second Indian wrestler to win the wrestling bronze after Kashabha Jadhav had returned with the medal in 1952 Helsinki Games.

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