CWG 2014: Judoka Sunibala makes bronze-medal round of women`s 70kg

Glasgow: 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 now fight for the bronze medal with Scotland`s Sally Conway, later in the day. However, it was curtains for Garima Choudhary in the women`s 63kg category after she went down fighting in her repechage round.

Early in the day, 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, who was the only Indian judoka to have qualified for the London Olympics in 2012, lost to K J Yeats-Brown of England in the repechage. Yeats-Brown won on the basis of two Wazaris.

Earlier on the day, Garima got the better of Soctland`s Sarah Clark in the quarterfinals, while she defeated Bibiene Fopa of Cameroon in just nine seconds 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.

Indian Judokas won two silvers and a bronze on the opening day.

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