Bembem Devi, Anita Chanu one step away from Bronze in judo
Doha, Dec 5 (UNI) Manipuri duo of Laishram Bembem Devi and Angom Anita Chanu outmanoeuvred their opponents to make it to the Bronze medal bouts in their respective categories of the judo competition at the 15th Asian Games here today.
In women's 48kg Repechage Final B, Laishram Bembem Devi and her opponent Nancy quillotes went neck and neck before the Philippino broke loose when she pinned down the Indian and was awarded a yuko.
Bembem Devi, however, hit back by managing a throw to her opponent's back to earn a waza-ari or a half a point and that proved decisive in the end.
The Manipuri judoka plays Misato Nakamura of Japan for Bronze medal at the Qatar Sports Club Indoor Hall.
In the women open category, Angom Anita Chanu took little more than two and a half minutes to pin down local favourite Rawdha Al Abdulla and win by scoring an ippon.
Chanu managed an early koka with her better technique but the Qatari judoka refused to give in before the Indian settled the issue with an ippon.
She will lock horns with Kazakh judoka Gulzhan Issanova for the Bronze.
In the men open, Anil Kumar, however, proved no match for his Uzbek opponent Adiljan Tulendibaev and lost in one minute and 45 seconds.
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