Young Naorem Roshibina of India added one more medal to India’s kitty after winning a bronze medal in women’s 60kg category of wushu sanda. The young lady from Manipur fought against Chinese fighter in the semifinal and lost to settle for a bronze medal.
The Asian junior champion and world junior championship silver medallist Naorem Roshibina started her campaign in the competition beating Mubashra of Pakistan 2-0 and became the first from India to progress to semifinal. She fought against Cai Yingying from China and lost the bout 0-1 to thereby to win the bronze medal.
She is the daughter of Naorem Damu and Naorem Romila from Kwaksiphai Mayai Leikai. She has become the first individual medallist from Manipur in the going 18th Asian Games 2018.
Earlier, India’s performances continued good as three more sanda fighters won their respective bouts and assured India of medals.
In men’s sanda 56kg category, Santosh Kumar defeated Phithak Paokrathok 2-1 of Thailand in a tight quarterfinal fight to book for the second semifinal berth and assured India of a medal in the game. He will face Truong Giang Bui of Vietnam in the semifinals.
The third Indian to be assured of medal was Surya Bhanu Partap Singh who beat Jean Claude Saclag of Philippines by 2-0 in the quarterfinals in men’s sanda 60kg. He will take on Erfan Ahangarian of Iran in the semifinals.
India had another reason to be happy as defeated Akmal Rakhimov of Uzbekistan 2-0 in men’s sanda 65kg quarterfinal match. He will fight Sem Foroud Zafari of Iran in the semifinals.
However, India’s Pardeep Kumar lost 1-2 to Puja Riyaya of Indonesia in men’s sanda 70kg quarterfinals.
It may be mentioned that wushu has been a medal hungting sport for India since the first medal winning performance of Mayanglambam Bimoljit who won the first ever medal of India in the form of bronze medal in Asian Games 2006 Doha. He also won another bronze medal in the next Asian Games 2010 Guangzhou. This was followed by Wangkhem Sandhyarani and Yumnam Sanathoi winning silver medal and bronze medal in Asian Games 2010 Guangzhou and Asian Games 2010 Incheon.
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