Tababi Devi Thangjam became India’s first judo athlete to win an Olympic medal – senior or junior – as she grabbed India’s second silver medal at the Youth Olympics 2018 in Buenos Aires on Sunday.
Tababi went down to Venezuela’s Maria Gimenez 11:0s1 in the Women’s -44kg Finals of Judo but created history for India.
Tababi, 2017 Asian Cadet champion hailing from Manipur had a point each going against her on the ippon and waza-ari. She was also handed a penalty point as Gimenez, a Pan American U18 Championships gold medalist, won a historic gold medal for Venezuela after a contest that lasted for two minutes and eight seconds.
In the Round of 16, Tababi inflicted a thumping 10-0 loss over Bhutan’s Yangchen Wangmo. She then managed a close 1s2-0 victory over Kosova’s Erza Muminoviq, who was given two penalty points in the one minute 16 seconds contest.
In the semi-final, Tababi thumped Croatia’s Ana Viktorija Puljiz 10:0s1 as she won a point on the ippon and then the Croatian was handed a penalty point. The contest lasted for three minutes and 33 seconds.
The Manipur athlete became the first judoka to win a medal for India at the Olympics – junior or senior. Our congratulations to Tababi Devi Thangjam.