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Brilliant Sushil assured a medal with final entry

Last updated on: August 12, 2012 16:22 IST

Brilliant Sushil assured a medal with final entry

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Star wrestler Sushil Kumar created history on Sunday. He scripted his name as India's best-ever individual Olympian by making sure of at least a silver medal in the London Olympics by entering the final of the 66kg class on Sunday.

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Sushil, who had won India's second bronze in Olympic history at the 2008 Games in Beijing, will meet Japanese Armyman Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu in the final.

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The Japanese thrashed Jabrayil Hasanov of Azerbaijan 3-0 in the other semi-final.


Image: Sushil Kumar of India
Photographs: Paul Sancya/ AP Photo

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Yogeshwar Dutt's stellar performance

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After Yogeshwar Dutt's stellar performance on Saturday to clinch a bronze medal in the 60 kg category, the pin-up boy of Indian wrestling fought the best bout of his life as he came from behind to beat Kazakhstan Wrestler Akzurukh Tantarov 3-1 in the semi-final.

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Photographs: Paul Sancya/ AP Photo

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Vociferous Indian contingent egged Sushil on

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The Beijing Games bronze medallist won the first round easily 3-0, which included a penalty point. Sushil first used the Iranian technique to get over his opponent and then rolled him over for two points.

A head butt by Tantarov assured him another point.

The second round undoubtedly belonged to the 25-year-old Kazakh wrestler as he put Sushil on the mat and tossed him over to get 3-0 clincher.

When the third round started, the 29-year-old Indian looked tired and jaded as, within the first seconds, he conceded a 3-0 lead to the Kazakh.

The match looked as good as over for Sushil who waited for that one inspirational moment as he caught Tantarov by his leg and pegged him down to make it 3-3 with the vociferous Indian contingent egging him on.


Image: Sushil Kumar of India
Photographs: Paul Sancya/ AP Photo

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An Indian's show of strength at the world stage

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This was followed by a Hercules-like act as he suddenly stood up with the Kazakh hanging on his shoulders.

It probably was the defining moment for the Indian contingent's challenge at the biggest sporting spectacle. An Indian's show of strength at the world stage.

Sushil Kumar can take a bow as he will now be considered at par with legendary hockey players Dhyan Chand and Balbir Singh Sr, although theirs was a team sport and were part of back-to-back gold medal-winning teams.


Image: Sushil Kumar of India
Photographs: Paul Sancya/ AP Photo

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