Manipur judoka Thangjam Tababi Devi with her gold medal at Asian Oceania Cadets & Junior Judo Championships 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan
Manipur judoka Thangjam Tababi Devi with her gold medal at Asian Oceania Cadets & Junior Judo Championships 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan|Twitter
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Manipur judoka Tababi Devi, a labourer’s daughter, shines again

Tababi -- India’s first judo athlete to win a medal at an Olympic level -- bags gold in women’s 48 kg cadet event at Asian Oceania Cadets & Junior Judo Championships 2019 in Taipei

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Imphal: Manipur girl Thangjam Tababi Devi, who won a silver medal in judo at the Youth Olympics Games held in Argentina last year, brought laurels to the country and her home state once again by bagging a gold in the women's 48 kg cadet event at the ongoing Asian Oceania Cadets & Junior Judo Championships 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan.

The 16-year-old judo athlete comes from a humble background. While her father, Thangjam Thoiba Singh, is a daily-wage labourer, her mother, Thangjam Ongbi Kamala Devi, is a fish vendor. As such, she had to face a lot of hassles to reach this far and be noticed.

At the Youth Olympics Games in Argentina last year, Tababi scored a 10-0 win over 2017 European Cadet champion Ana Viktorija Puljiz of Crotia before losing 0-11 to Maria Giminez from Venezuela. In the quarter-finals, Tababi had defeated European Cadet silver medallist Erza Muminoviq of Kosovo.

Manipur’s Thangjam Tababi Devi (left) became India’s first judo athlete to win a Olympic medal at Youth Olympics 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Manipur’s Thangjam Tababi Devi (left) became India’s first judo athlete to win a Olympic medal at Youth Olympics 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina Twitter

Tababi got her first national gold medal at the sub-junior nationals in Bihar in 2016. In 2017, she won a gold at the Asian Cadet Championships in Kyrgyzstan before becoming the junior and cadet champion at the nationals in Jalandhar in 2018.

She repeated her gold-winning feat at the Asian Cadet Championships in May this year before winning the gold at the Cadet Asian Cup in Kazakhstan which sealed her spot for the youth Olympics.

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