01 Aug 2022, Birmingham: Shushila Devi Likambam won the first medal for India in judo at Birmingham 2022 after claiming silver in the women’s 48kg event here on Monday.
Shushila’s medal is the seventh medal for India at Birmingham 2022. This is Shushila’s 2nd Commonwealth Games medal after she won silver at the Glasgow 2014.
Michaela Whitebooi of South Africa won the bout via Waza-Ari after both judokas were inseparable at the end of regulation time.
Shushila’s medal is India’s 7th in Birmingham.
A Tokyo Olympian, Shushila had won silver at the Glasgow 2014 but nearly quit the sport in 2018 after a hamstring injury sidelined her for close to 7 months. However, she was convinced to continue by her coach Jiwan Sharma.
The Manipuri staged a comeback in 2018 winning back-to-back silver medals at the 2018 and 2019 Hong Kong Open before becoming India’s sole judoka at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.