25-01-2014 … With 40 medals at stake, Judo was always expected to provide a lot of fizz for the Lusofonia Games 2014.
Seven countries battled it out to pick the maximum medals in the 12-category Judoka games at the Peddem multi-purpose indoor stadium.
The participating countries saw seasoned veterans as an independent segment in their respective contingents which stepped into the Judoka arena, facing each other for a place in the following categories: 60kg, -66kg, -73kg, -81kg, -90kg, -100kg, +100kg, -48kg, -52kg, -57kg, -63kg, -70kg & -78kg.
Portugal took away the honours in this discipline, winning six medals in the Men’s section (inclusive of five Golds and one Silver), while seven Portuguese judokas managed to clinch medals (three golds, two bronze, two silver).
The performance of the Indian squad was impressive too. Indian judokas won 8 medals overall with 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze medals.A powerful performance by Kalpana Devi got her the Gold in the 52kg category and the mighty Avtar Singh won Gold in the 100kg category.