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Garima wins judo gold

Garima wins judo gold
There are many characteristics that make the difference between a winner and a loser. One of the biggest is not to be cowed down by defeat.

Garima Choudhary (16) proved this as she not only lived to fight another day, but also won the gold medal in the women’s open category of Senior National Judo Championship yesterday.

The young judoka - who hails from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh - could only manage the silver in her pet category of 63kg on Saturday.

Unhappy with her showing, she decided to make amends and participate in the open class taking on stronger rivals.

And she proved her point by beating her more fancied opponent Haryana’s Aruna Haryana to bag the gold.

“I was disappointed with my silver medal in my category. So I thought of compensating that with a gold and participated in the open class,” said Garima and added, “It’s a bit scary though to fight women bigger and stronger than you.”

She was participating for the first time in the senior nationals and justified her potential shown as an 11-year-old.

Garima took to judo after being inspired by her cousin Bhism Singh, a boxer. She attributes her success in the junior circuit to the support and encouragement of her mother.

Though she failed to win any medal in the Asian Junior Championships in 2004 and 2005, Garima is excited about being named in the camp for the Asian Games.

“On both occasions in the Asian Junior Championship, I lost out in the pool finals failing to get into medal contention but I’ve been named in the camp for the Asian Games 2006. I hope to be in the final team and win something for the country.”

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