Tababi Devi Thangjam stood on the second step on the podium in judo to get a silver medal. She became the first judoka to win a medal for a country at the Olympics – junior or senior. Devi had assured herself of at least a silver medal by progressing to the final of the women’s 44kg category. She was beaten by Maria Gimenez of Venezuela for the gold medal.
The 2017 Asian Cadet champion Tababi, from Manipur, lost out 0-2 to Gimenez who is a Pan American U18 Championships gold medalist. Gimenez scored 1-0 on the ippon, 1-0 on waza-ari and Tababi was handed 1 penalty point. The match was over in 2:08.
India have never won an Olympic medal in judo either at the senior or the youth level. The 16-year-old defeated Ana Viktorija Puljiz of Crotia 10-0 in the semi-finals.
At the continental level, she is a three-time champion according to the International Judo Federation website.
Many congratulations to our 16 year-old star, Thangjam Tababi Devi for winning a silver medal in the women’s 44 kg Judo event.