Performing true to her reputation,international judoka from Meerut Garima Chaudhary claimed a gold for UP in the Senior National Judo Championships 2008-09 which commenced at the multi-purpose of 35th Battalion PAC,Lucknow.
Garima Chaudhary defeated N Nidhi of Haryana in the final by applying a choke in ground technique to retain the 63 kg gold. In the bouts held before the final,Garima defeated D Bhawani of Andhra Pradesh,Uma Chauhan of Uttarakhand,Rajni Patil of Karnataka and Brojeshwari of CRPF.
Landhoni Devi,an international judoka from Lucknow,fetched UP a bronze in the 70 kg weight category.
Earlier in the day,the event was inaugurated by SN Singh (IPS). Aditi Nigam and Rohib Naib gave an enthralling performance of Sports Yoga during th opening ceremony.
The Results:Mens section-Below 100 kg: Gold: Anil Kumar (Haryana),Silver: Karam Beer Singh (West Bengal),Bronze: Sanjoy Singh (CRPF),Manpreet Singh (Punjab);
Womens section- Below 78 kg: Gold: Taruna Sharma (CRPF),Silver: Aarti Kohli (CISF),Bronze: K Devi Shri (Karnataka),Swapnali (Mah B);
Below 63 kg: Gold: Garima Chaudhary (UP),Silver: Nidhi (Haryana),Bronze: Beena (Manipur),Brojeshwari (CRPF);
Below 70 kg: Gold: CH Jina (Manipur),Silver: Arti Sharma (CRPF),Bronze: Devi Thoinu (Jharkhand),Landhoni Devi (UP).