CWG 2022: Tulika Maan wins silver in women’s 78kg judo event | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Indian judoka Tulika Maan gave it her all but failed against Scotland Sarah Adlington in the final to settle for a silver medal in the women’s 78kg category at the Commonwealth Games here on Wednesday.
Tulika, who won two fights earlier in the day to advance to the final, led the majority of the fight before Adlington landed a decisive blow, an Ippon, to claim gold.
Adlington had Tulika on the mat with a power throw and the Indian landed on her back, ending the contest with 30 seconds remaining.
A silver medal was still an honorable performance from the 23-year-old from Delhi who gave India their third judo medal at the Birmingham Games.

Spectators were also overwhelmingly in favor of the Scottish judoka and they went crazy after Adlington used an Ippon.
Tulika, who lost her father when she was two and is the single child of a widowed mother, is a former Commonwealth judo champion.
She was inconsolable after the fight and was unable to speak to the media although she tried, standard protocol after every fight.
After that, she fell to the ground with tears streaming from her eyes. Obviously, it was the disappointment to have missed the gold.
“I didn’t come here for the silver but for the gold. So I got emotional. I will have another opportunity to win the gold after four years. But I wanted the gold this time,” said she declared.
Tulika had beaten Tracy Durhone of Mauritius in her first bout before winning against Sydnee Andrews of New Zealand in the semi-finals.
Tulika initially trailed in the semi-final match against Andrews but performed an ‘Ippon’ to humiliate the New Zealander.
The only other Indian, Deepak Deswal, was beaten by Fiji’s Tevita Takawaya in the men’s 100kg repechage event.
L Shushila Devi and Vijay Kumar had respectively won silver and bronze in the women’s 48kg and men’s 60kg on Monday.
It should be noted that following the de-recognition of the Indian Judo Federation on April 22, a panel of experts has been appointed by the Sports Authority of India to oversee the trials and selection process for the CTM and also suggest necessary changes.
The committee included Olympian judokas Cawas Billimoria, Sandeep Byala and Sunith Thakur as well as judo masters Arun Dwivedi and Yogesh K Dhadve.

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