Although Shusheela’s failure to win India’s first gold medal in the Commonwealth Games judo event was disappointing, India had another breakthrough that day as Vijay Kumar Yadav won a bronze medal in the men’s 60kg category. However, there was disappointment as Jasleen Singh Saini and Suchika Tarial lost to bronze medals in men’s 66kg and women’s 57kg respectively.
Shusheela had won a silver medal at the 2014 edition of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and was hoping for a gold here, but the Indian could not break through against her South African rival and lost to a waza-eri, the minimum points a player would win. could. Judo Match.
After two players scored two penalties each and unable to make a scoring attack in normal time in a very tight match, the South African girl got an attack in the golden score period, winning the first score. He secured a waza-ari for the attack which ended the hopes of the 27-year-old Indian from Manipur.
Vijay Yadav won the men’s 60kg bronze medal match with an ippon in normal time after beating Petros Christodoulides of Cyprus. Vijay was too good for his opponent and didn’t give him many chances, claiming two waza-ari within the first minute. He had a 10–0 advantage over his opponent when he was declared the winner.
Though he was content to win his first Commonwealth Games medal, Yadav was disappointed as he was expected to win a gold medal.
“I am disappointed as I was expecting to win a gold medal. But by contesting here I have realized some shortcomings in my game and will work on them in time for the Paris Olympics,” Yadav said. He said he will travel to Kazakhstan on Tuesday to participate in the Asian Championships starting Wednesday.
India has so far won three silver and five bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games as judo has been involved in the event since 1990. It was contested at the 2014 edition in Glasgow, but was dropped for the 2018 edition in the Gold Coast.
Earlier in the morning, Sushila defeated Harriet Bonface of Malawi at Ippon to reach the semi-finals.
Indians were in the hunt for three more medals in judo as Vijay Kumar in men’s 60kg, Jasleen Singh Saini in men’s 66kg and Suchika Tarial in women’s 57kg advanced to the bronze medal playoffs.
In men’s 60kg, Vijay Kumar started well and won his first round match before losing to Joshua Katz of Australia in the quarterfinals. He went to the repechage round and defeated Dylan Munro of Scotland at Waza-Erie to set up a bronze medal match against Cyprus’ Petros Christodoulides in the evening.
In the men’s 66kg category, Jasleen Singh Saini lost to Finlay Allen of Scotland by an Ippen in the semi-finals and will now face Australia’s Nathan Katz in a bronze medal match.
In the women’s 57kg, Suchika Tarial lost to Ippon 11–0 to Canada’s Krista Deguchi in the quarterfinals, before beating South Africa’s Donne Breitenbach with an Ippon in the repechage stage to win a bronze medal clash with Kristian Leganter. Mauritius in the bronze medal match.
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