The Japanase took the first period 1-0 and midway through the second clinched gold by virtue of a strong throw that sent Sushil to the mat.Sushil has created history by becoming the first Indian to win two individual Olympic medals.
The 29-year-old Indian demolished Akhzurek Tanatrov of Kazakhstan 3-1 in an engrossing semi-final contest to achieve the memorable feat and provide the late spark to India’s Olympic campaign.Apart from Sushil’s silver, India have so far bagged one silver and four bronze medals in the 30th edition of the Games, surpassing the one gold and two bronze medals they won in Beijing four years ago.
He was suffering from de-hydration and a stomach bug by the time he came out for his final bout. On a day which saw him battle past renowned wrestlers, India’s Sushil Kumar braved his illness to put up a valiant fight against Japan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu, falling eventually to come out second best.
Sushil fought against three opponents before meeting Yonemitsu, the second taking the biggest toll on him. He had a gap of a few hours, came out looking slightly pale but while the final scoreline reflected a score of 1-3 against him, it failed to show the determination and will of the wrestler to earn a win, seen at ground level. In his final defeat though, an unwell Sushil managed to show winning spirit. “Injuries are part and parcel of the sport,” he told NDTV after the bout.