Olympic wrestling: Sushil Kumar loses final, bags silver

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London: Sushil Kumar lost the Olympic men’s 66kg freestyle final to Japan’s Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu 1-3 and settled for a silver medal at London Games here Sunday, becoming the first Indian to win medals back-to-back in the Olympics.

Sushil, bronze medallist in Beijing four years ago, edged out Kazakhstan’s Akzhurek Tanatarov 3-1 in a thrilling semifinal at the ExCel Arena.

Gold medallist Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu (2nd L) of Japan, silver medallist Sushil Kumar (R) of India, bronze medallists Akzhurek Tanatarov of Kazakhstan and Livan Lopez Azcuy (L) of Cuba celebrate with their medals during the medal ceremony following the Men’s Freestyle 66 kg Wrestling gold medal fight on Day 16.

Earlier, Sushil muscled his way into the last four beating Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan 3-1.

Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu of Japan celebrates his victory against Sushil Kumar of India during the Men’s Freestyle 66 kg Wrestling gold medal fight on Day 16.

The 2010 World Champion dismissed Beijing gold medallist, Turkey’s Ramazan Sahin, in the opening round held earlier Sunday.

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