India's Sushil Kumar has steadily worked his way to the Olympic silver medal. His success graph in the last three years, after he won the bronze at the Beijing Games, shows how assiduously he has pieced it all to the London climax.
Sushil prepared for this day quite meticulously with systematic planning and training.
After Beijing, he was back on the podium taking the gold first in Commonwealth Championships in Jalandhar in 2009 and a year later at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games.
In between, he won the Asian Championship in New Delhi in May and the world championship in September.
Though he pulled out of the Guangzhou Asian Games with an injury a month after the Commonwealth Games, he was back in action soon preparing for the London Olympics.
He sweated it out at the wrestling camp in Sonepat and trained at Colorado Springs in the US and finally at Belarus before going to London.
Sushil Kumar, born May 26, 1983 (age 29), Baprola, Najafgarh, Delhi.
Event: 66-kg freestyle wrestling.
First successes: Gold medal at the 1998 World Cadet Games in Moscow; Gold at the 2000 Asian Junior Wrestling Championship.
International Medal record:
Bronze 2008 Beijing 66kg
Silver 2012 London 66kg
Gold 2010 Moscow 66kg
Gold 2010 Delhi 66kg
Gold 2010 New Delhi 66kg
Silver 2007 Kyrgyzstan 66kg
Bronze 2003 New Delhi 60kg
Bronze 2008 Jeju Island 66kg
Gold 2003 London 60kg
Gold 2005 Cape Town 66kg
Gold 2007 London 66kg
Gold 2009 Jalandhar 66kg
Arjuna Award (2005)
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2009)