India won its second medal in judo in bronze when Vijay Kumar Yadav of Varanasi (men’s 60kg) defeated Petros Christodoulides of Cyprus by ‘Ippen’ in just 58 seconds at the Commonwealth Games. In a tight match, Shusheela, who had four stitches on her right toe, fought hard before losing in the final via ‘waza-ari’ in 4.25 minutes. This was India’s second silver medal in the showpiece. She was also the runner-up at the 2014 Glasgow Games.
“I had injured my right toe during training before coming here and had to get three-four stitches,” he said.
“But I was mentally strong and that helped me reach the final. I also struggled with shoulder and knee pain and gave my all. I am sure I would have won gold if I hadn’t been injured.” When asked about her journey to win the silver medal in Glasgow 2014, she said: “I am more experienced now. I hope to turn it into gold next time.” “I am not happy with the silver at all. After the selection I was confident of a gold. Had I been injury free, I would have won the gold.
“The next tournament is the Asian Games so we will think about the Olympics which is obviously the ultimate goal,” he said.
Yadav executed the ‘ippan’ with clinical perfection to win the highest score and take the victory in emphatic fashion.
Ippon is the highest score in judo where the winner makes a full throw to stabilize his opponent.
But Yadav was not satisfied with his bronze.
“I’m not satisfied at all, I expected gold. But that’s okay. I had some drawbacks like I have to improve my ground work, which cost me gold today,” he said.
In Manipur Police, Sub-Inspector Shusheela defeated Priscilla Morand of Mauritius to enter the final. She defeated Harriet Bonface of Malawi in her quarterfinals on the first day.
The 26-year-old Yadav, on the other hand, made a splendid performance by swooping down on his opponent’s mistake and put him down for 10 seconds to end the contest in just 58 seconds.
Yadav, who won the Commonwealth Championships in 2018 and 2019, lost to Australia’s Joshua Katz in the quarterfinals, but he put up a brilliant performance in the 60kg repechage to enter the bronze medal match with a ‘Waza Ari’ victory over Dylan. Monroe of Scotland.
A ‘waza-ari’ is awarded after a player has thrown his opponent with control and accuracy, but not to the extent of an eyepan.
Jasleen Singh Saini will also fight for the bronze medal after losing to Finlay Allen of Scotland in the men’s 66kg semi-final.
Saini lost after Scott’s ‘Ippen’ performance in a match that lasted less than two and a half minutes.
The 24-year-old Saini will compete against Australian Nathan Katz in the bronze medal play-off.
Suchika Tarial also reached the bronze medal round in the women’s 57kg repechage by defeating Donne Breitenbach of South Africa.
India won two silver and two bronze in Glasgow 2014, their best ever performance in Judo.
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