Indian Judoka

The Indian judokas continued their great run at the Glasgow 2014 with Rajwinder Kaur clinching the bronze medal in the women’s -78kg category. She defeated the Kenyan judoka Esther Akinyi Ratugi in the bronze medal play-off contest B in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre here Sunday. Rajwinder won penalties as Esther picked up three warnings. With her bronze medal, India continues to have a successful day at the Commonwealth Games 2014. They have won 5 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze medals so far. Natalie Powell of Wales won the gold medal for the Women’s -78kg Judo final at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Precinct.

On the Day one of action at Commonwealth Games 2014, it was Indian Judo players that started the medal hunt for the nation. Sushila Likmabam clinched a silver medal after which 31-year-old Navjoth Chana picked up another silver medal in the men’s category. Kalpana Thoudam also bagged a bronze medal.

Shushila first beat Cameroon’s Marie Medza Effa in the round of 16 and then got the better of Australian Amy Meyer in the quarterfinal. Shushila got the better of Australian Chloe Rayner in the semi-final of the women’s -48kg category but was no match to Scotland’s Kimberly Renicks in the final. Nevertheless the Indian Judoka ensured she got silver medal for the nation.

Thirty-year-old Navjot faced a tough challenge from top-ranked Australian judoka Tom Pappas in the opening round before winning on the basis of more yukos at the end of the five-minute bout.  Chana, who is employed with Punjab Police later went on to beat South African Daniel Le Grange in the semi-finals of the men’s -60kg category. But the 2010 Commonwealth Championships gold medallist, Navjot Chana lost to Ashley McKenzie of England in the final.

Kalpana Thoudam won the bronze in the women’s -52kg category as she beat Christianne Legentil of Mauritius. Christianne picked up three penalties while Thoudam had two. She won on the basis of conceding lesser penalty points against Christianne Legentil.

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