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Thangjam Tababi Devi (16) became India’s first judo medallist at the Olympic level. She achieved this feat after winning silver medal at ongoing Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina. She won the medal after losing to Venezuela’s Maria Giminez in the finals of the women’s 44kg category. Prior to this, India had never won Olympic medal in judo either at senior or youth level. Her silver medal is so far India’s second medal at ongoing games after shooter Tushar Mane had won silver medal (second position) in men’s 10m air rifle competition. Tababi Devi hails from northeastern state of Manipur.
Youth Olympic Games (YOG)
It is international multi-sport event organized by International Olympic Committee (IOC). The age limitation of the athletes participating in it is 14 to 18.The games are held every four years in staggered summer and winter events consistent with current senior lever Olympic Games format. The first summer version was held in Singapore from 14 to 26 August 2010 while first winter version was held in Innsbruck, Austria from 13 to 22 January 2012. India had won just two medals, silver and bronze in the last Youth Olympics in 2014 held in Nanjing, China. India. India’s best performance at this games came was in inaugural edition in 2010 when it had won six silver and two bronze medals. In this edition of games (Buenos Aires YOG 2018), India is being represented by 47 athletes, its biggest ever contingent.
South Asian Games gold medallist Indian judoka Avtar Singh has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games scheduled to be held in August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He has qualified under 90kg weight category under the continental quota. His current world Ranking is 79 with 182 points.
Avtar Singh hails from Gurdaspur, Punjab. He had won a gold in South Asian Games held in Shillong in February 2o16. He also had won bronze medal in Asian Junior Judo Championships in 2011.
He also had won two gold medals in Senior National Judo Championships in 2013-14 and 2014-15. In the Asian Judo Championships in April 2016 in Uzbekistan, Avtar finished fifth after beating judokas from China and Iran.