INDIA: Shushila Devi Likmabam won silver in the women’s 48kg judo final, giving India its eighth medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Shushila, who had beaten Harriet Bonface in the quarter-finals earlier in the day, claimed her second win by defeating Priscilla Moranda of Mauritius. She secured a medal in the semi-finals.
Vijay Kumar Yadav clinches bronze in men’s judo after defeating Petros Christodoulides of Cyprus. India’s tally comes to 8 medals with 3 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze.
Likmabam, who won a silver medal at the CWG 2014 and represented India at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was slightly disappointed with the result as one small mistake cost her the match, but she promises to be satisfied with the fact that she will be returning home with a medal now.
Between her two CWG medals, Shushila has consistently made waves for India in judo. She won a silver medal at the 2018 and 2019 Hong Kong Asia Open to earn two fifth-place finishes at the Grand Prix of Tashkent and the Grand Prix of Zagreb, which was in 2019.
Boxers Amit Panghal (flyweight) and Hussam Uddin Mohammed (featherweight) advanced to the quarterfinals. In weightlifting, Ajay Singh finished fourth in men’s 81 kg. Gymnast Pranati Nayak finished fifth in the women’s vault final. In squash, Saurav Ghosal defeated Scotland’s Greg Lobban to reach the semi-finals of the men’s singles, but Joshna Chinappa went down to Canada’s Hollie Naughton in the women’s singles quarter-finals.
Meanwhile in hockey, India drew 4-4 against England in the Men’s Group B hockey match. It was a big day for India as the country found unlikely heroes. The Indian grass-court team made history on Monday by defeating New Zealand in the women’s four-a-side semi-final to secure at least a silver medal.