One of India’s finest judoka, Shusila Devi Likmabam just won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 and made the country proud. At one point in time, a gold medal seemed possible for the athlete as she went toe-to-toe with Michaela Whitebooi from South Africa in the 48kg final, but she ultimately lost and had to settle for silver. It is still a big win worth celebrating.
Shusila Devi was in excellent form throughout the day, especially during the quarterfinals and semifinals when she defeated Harriet Bonface of Malawi via ippon and then Priscilla Morand of Mauritius bagging an ippon, the highest score possible in a judo match, to seal the victory.
Shusila Devi’s Journey
Elated by the exceptional performance by Shushila Devi Likmabam. Congratulations to her on winning the Silver medal. She has demonstrated remarkable skill and resilience. Best wishes for her future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/fZ5t49WjKV— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 1, 2022
This is not the first time that Shusila has won a medal for India at the Commonwealth Games but she also won a silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. This win had made her think that her life would turn around but she couldn’t qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics and money was also an issue.
However, after this, she made the 2018 Asian games her goal, but misfortune followed her here as well. Her hamstring tore during the trials and she had to give up.
After constant setbacks, she talked to coach Jiwan Sharma who got her sponsors. This step brought her back on track and soon she reached the Tokyo Olympics. She became the only Indian to be a part of the judo event at the Tokyo games. Although she couldn’t win, she had already won a major battle by just reaching there.
Now, she has made the whole nation proud with her silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and this win will surely motivate her (and many others aspiring to be where she is) to do better.
Shusila Devi’s Family
Shusila Devi is a 27-year-old judoka who belongs to Heingang Mayai Leikai in Imphal east district. Born as the second child in a family of farmers, Likmabam excelled in her field. When she was young, her family used to have a small farm where they grew vegetables. They ate the vegetables they grew and sold the surplus.
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