India’s L. Sushila Devi got first gold medal for the country in minus 48 kg category. She defeated Humaira Ashiq of Pakistan in the final. Within few minutes Kalpana Devi Thoudam also won gold in minus 52 kg. Kalpana beat Maryam of Pakistan.
In minus 57 kg. category A. Anita Chanu bagged third gold for the country by defeating Lila Adhikari of Nepal. In the last bout of the day H. Sunibala Devi defeated Phupu Lhamu Khatri of Nepal in minus 63 kg category and won fourth gold medal for India.
In men’s section Pakistan won two gold and host Nepal got one gold. India bagged two bronze medals. Besides host Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participating in a 3 day championship.
A total 102 players including 13 from India are competing for 7 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze medals each in men’s and women’s individual categories. While they will also contest for one gold, one silver and two bronze each in the men’s and women’s team events. This is the fourth time Nepal is hosting South Asian Judo Championship.