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Commonwealth Games 2022: Sushila Devi becomes most successful Indian judo player

Sushila Likmabam became only the first Indian judoka to win two medals at Commonwealth Games.

Indian Judoka Sushila Devi Likmabam

Sushila Devi Likmabam (Source - Sentinel Assam)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 2 Aug 2022 4:48 AM GMT

Indian judoka Sushila Likmabam became the most successful athlete in judo from the country after winning a silver medal in Women's -48kg judo at the ongoing Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.

She lost to South Africa's Michaela Whitebooi in the final.

Hailing from Manipur, the 27-year-old judoka won her first medal in the Commonwealth Games during the 2014 Glasgow Games where she won the silver medal, competing in the 48kg category.

In fact, Sushila's consistent performances also saw her becoming the only Indian judo athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

At the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022, Sushila Devi defeated Harriet Bonface of Malawi and won by Ippon to progress into the semi-finals where she saw off Priscilla Morand of Mauritius to seal a medal for India, making her a double medallist at the Games.

No other judo player has been able to medal more than once at the Commonwealth Games, making Shushila the most successful Indian judoka.

Other than Sushila, three other Indian judokas have also made it to the bronze medal matches - Suchika (Women's 57kg), Jasleen Singh (Men's 66kg), Vijay Kumar (Men's 60kg).

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