Sunibala in play-off for bronze

Sunibala in play-off for bronze

Indian judokas failed to replicate their opening day performance with only Sunibala Huidrom managing to enter the bronze-medal contest in the women’s 70kg competition at the 20th Commonwealth Games, here on Friday.

Sunibala faced a tough test in the repechage contest but she managed to prevail over Monika Burgess of Canada in a battle that lasted for three minutes and 58 seconds to make the medal round. She will fight for the bronze medal with Scotland’s Sally Conway.However, it was curtains for Garima Choudhary in the women’s 63kg category.

Earlier, Sunibala got the better of Australia’s Catherine Arscott in the quarterfinals in another tough four-minute contest, while it took her just 53 seconds to beat Memory Zikhale of Botswana in her round of 16 bout, as she got a couple of Wazaris, which is equivalent to an ‘Ippon’ that finishes a contest.

Garima lost to K J Yeats-Brown of England in the repechage. Earlier, Garima got the better of Scotland’s Sarah Clark in the quarterfinals and Bibiene Fopa of Cameroon in the round of 16.

Indian men had a disappointing outing as both Balvinder Singh and V Vikender Singh lost in the round of 32 in 73kg and 81kg, respectively. While Balvinder went down to Mozambique’s Edson Madeira, Vikender lost to E J Omgba Fouda of Cameroom.

Boxing

n  India’s Parveen Kumar was knocked out of the men’s 91 kg category in the Round of 16 by Scottish boxer Ross Henderson as the boxing event began on Friday.

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