His silver was India's fourth wrestling medal in the Olympics and second in London after his childhood friend Yogeshwar Dutt won a bronze in the 60kg freestyle event Saturday. Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav won the country's first medal in the sport at the 1952 Helsinki edition.
The other Indians who shone in the London Games were shooters Vijay Kumar (silver) and Gagan Narang (bronze), boxer M.C. Mary Kom (bronze) and badminton star Saina Nehwal (bronze), doubling India's medals tally from the Beijing edition where it had won three medals.
Sushil was tipped to win the gold after knocking out defending champion Ramazan Sahin of Turkey in the opening round.
He then got the better of Uzbek Ikhtiyor Navruzov and Kazakh Akzhurek Tanatarov to muscle his way into the title clash.
In Image: From left, silver medalist Sushil Kumar of India, gold medalist Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu of Japan, bronze medalist Akzhurek Tanatarov of Kazakhstan, and bronze medalist Livan Lopez Azcuy of Cuba, participate in the medals ceremony for men's 66-kg freestyle wrestling