Sushil Kumar has won the silver medal after losing the final to Japan's Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu. The Japanese wrestler proved to quick for the Indian. Sushil lost in the fight, 2-0. Earlier he had entered the final by beating Kazakhastan's Akzhurek Tanatarov in the semifinal.
He belongs to a Jat family who comes from the village Baprola near Najafgarh in South West Delhi. Kumar's father Diwan Singh was a DTC bus driver and mother Kamla Devi a housewife. He was inspired to take up wrestling by his cousin Sandeep and his father who was himself a pehlwan (wrestler). Sandeep quit wrestling as the family could only support one wrestler. Kumar trained at the akhada (wrestling school) in the Chhatrasal Stadium from the age of 14. With minimal funds and poor training facilities for wrestling in India, even for the 2008 Olympic team, his family made sure he obtained the necessary dietary supplements by sending him tinned milk, ghee and vegetables. He is a vegetarian. Kumar is presently employed by the Indian Railways as a Assistant Commercial Manager.