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Sushil, Yogeshwar return home to hero's welcome
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New Delhi, August 14, 2012
First Published: 01:54 IST(14/8/2012)
Last Updated: 02:07 IST(14/8/2012)
Wrestler Sushil Kumar, who won silver medal at London Olympics, is being greeted by his fans upon arrival at New Delhi's international airport. PTI/Kamal Kishore

India's Olympic medal winning wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt returned home late on Monday night to a hero's welcome as hordes of supporters, including young grapplers from nearby akhadas, turned up at the international airport making it a carnival like atmosphere.

As soon as the duo walked out of the arrival lounge, celebrations broke out as drums started to beat and fireworks lit up the sky.

Sushil and Yogeshwar were surprised to see their life-sized cut-outs, and within moments they were carried on the shoulders of their supporters.

With garlands round their neck, Sushil and Yogeshwar were dazed with the grand reception.

Shouts of Sushil, Yogeshwar ki jay reverberated in the air. The duo were taken on a well-decorated open truck to the Palam temple.

Even before the flight from London landed, a huge crowd had gathered at the arrival terminus, reminiscent of scenes four years ago when Sushil arrived from Beijing with a bronze medal.

But this time, exploits of Sushil and Yogeshwar at the 2012 London Games called for special celebrations.

Sushil, who won the silver medal, became India's only individual back-to-back Olympic medallist while his friend of 15 years Yogeshwar bagged a bronze medal.

It seemed as if the whole of Chattarsal and Baprola village, from where Sushil hails, was at the international airport to celebrate Indian wrestling's success at the Games.

Sushil's wife Savi, his father-in-law Satpal Singh, former Asian Games gold medallist, his coach Yashvir Singh, national coach Vinod Kumar and Raj Singh, general secretary of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), also arrived with the champion wrestlers.


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Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
England 58 59 57 174
Australia 49 42 46 137
Canada 32 16 34 82
Scotland 19 15 19 53
India 15 30 19 64
New Zealand 14 14 17 45
South Africa 13 10 17 40
Nigeria 11 11 14 36
Kenya 10 10 5 25
Jamaica 10 4 8 22
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