Second medal for India as Sushil Kumar wins bronze
Press Trust of India
12/1/2008 1:51:00 PM
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 66kg class in Beijing on Wednesday.
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 is only the second Indian wrestler to win the wrestling bronze after Kashabha Jadhav had returned with the medal in 1952 Helsinki Games.
This will be after 56 years that an Indian contingent will return with more than one Olympic medal as shooter Abhinav Bindra has won first-ever Games gold medal for the country earlier at the Beijing Games.
Sushil had lost to far superior Ukrainian Andriy Stadnik in his first round bout.
Dawn Fraser (AUS)
Fraser made her mark in the 100m freestyle event, taking gold in the 1956, 1960 and in 1964.
Nadia Comaneci (ROM)
Romania's Nadia Comaneci won a total of nine gold medals at the 1976 and 1980 Games.
Venue: National Stadium
Location: Olympic Green
Competitions: Athletics, Football
|Only four athletes have ever won medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games: Eddie Eagan (United States), Jacob Tullin Thams (Norway), Christa Luding-Rothenburger (East Germany) and Clara Hughes (Canada).