Judoka Sunibala makes bronze-medal round

Published - July 25, 2014 07:06 pm IST - Glasgow

Indian judokas failed to replicate their opening day performance with only Sunibala Huidrom managing to enter the bronze-medal contest in the women’s 70kg competition at the 20th Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow on Friday.

Sunibala faced a tough test in the repechage contest but she managed to prevail over Monika Burgess of Canada in a battle that lasted for three minutes and 58 seconds to make the medal round.

She will now fight for the bronze medal with Scotland’s Sally Conway, later in the day.

However, it was curtains for Garima Choudhary in the women’s 63kg category after she went down fighting in her repechage round.

Early in the day, Sunibala got the better of Australia’s Catherine Arscott in the quarterfinals in another tough four-minute contest, while it took her just 53 seconds to beat Memory Zikhale of Botswana in her round of 16 bout, as she got a couple of Wazaris, which is equivalent to an ‘Ippon’ that finishes a contest.

Garima, who was the only Indian judoka to have qualified for the London Olympics in 2012, lost to K.J. Yeats-Brown of England in the repechage. Yeats-Brown won on the basis of two Wazaris.

Earlier on the day, Garima got the better of Scotland’s Sarah Clark in the quarterfinals, while she defeated Bibiene Fopa of Cameroon in just nine seconds in the round of 16.

Indian men had a disappointing outing as both Balvinder Singh and V. Vikender Singh lost in the round of 32 in 73kg and 81kg, respectively.

While Balvinder went down to Mozambique’s Edson Madeira, Vikender lost to E.J. Omgba Fouda of Cameroon.

Indian Judokas won two silvers and a bronze on the opening day.

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