The teenager from Manipur became India’s first judoka to win an Olympic medal at any level
Tababi Devi Thangjam became India’s first judo athlete to win an Olympic medal - senior or junior - as she grabbed India’s second silver medal at the Youth Olympics 2018 in Buenos Aires.
Tababi went down to Venezuela’s Maria Gimenez 11:0s1 in the Women’s -44kg Finals of Judo but created history for India.
For Tababi, the silver medal is a long-awaited victory, and a moment of triumph, that has come after a lot of hard work and struggle.
Tababi Devi is the Asian cadet champion in 2017 and won her second gold medal at the same level at the Cadet and Junior Asian Cup this year. At the continental level, she is a three-time champion.
Tababi comes from the tiny village of Kokchai Makha Leikai, located in the town of Mayang, which is 24 km away from Imphal. Her father, Thangjam Thoiba Singh, is a daily wage worker and mother Thangjam Ongbi Kamala Devi, is a fish vendor. The couple has four more children, and Tababi is the oldest.
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