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Sushil scripts history, gets India its first wrestling silver in Olympics

Battling a neck injury and mild illness, India's Sushil Kumar scripted history on Sunday by becoming the first Indian to win a silver medal in wrestling. The grappler from Najafgarh lost his final wrestling match for the Olympic gold medal in the 66-kg category of freestyle wrestling to Japanese opponent Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu by losing in both the rounds.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 13, 2012 12:41 IST
HT Correspondent

Battling a neck injury and mild illness, India's Sushil Kumar scripted history on Sunday by becoming the first Indian to win a silver medal in wrestling. The grappler from Najafgarh lost his final wrestling match for the Olympic gold medal in the 66-kg category of freestyle wrestling to Japanese opponent Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu by losing in both the rounds.


Sushil's medal, however, added gave India its sixth medal at this year's Olympics- the country's highest medal haul at the summer games ever. Susuhil lost 1-0 in the first period and 3-1 in the second.

Kumar had won a bronze medal at the last Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. Earlier on Sunday, Sushil's counterpart from Sonepat Yogeshwar Dutt had won the bronze medal after winning three back-to-back matches in a hour.

First Published: Aug 12, 2012 13:42 IST