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Supriya wins gold in US Open Championship
MP martial arts academy karateka, Supriya Jatav has won a gold and a silver medal in the USA Open Championship that concluded on April 21. Interestingly, she had been dropped from the Indian team in Asian Games 2018.
In the final of the under-61 kg category, Supriya defeated a player of the host nation with a comfortable margin of 5-1. Supriya dominated her category even before entering the finals. In the first round, she defeated Brazil players 7-3.
In the second round, she overpowered a Mexican player with the scoreline 7-6. In the third round, she had to draw at the scoreline 2-2.
In the team event also, she demonstrated an excellent game by winning the silver medal. “This is a big day of my life. It has motivated me for future championships,” said Supriya who reached India on Wednesday.
Talking over phone from Chennai, Surpriya said, “I won both medals in senior elite kumite category of under 61 kg.”
Last December, she had clinched gold at the Commonwealth Karate Championship in Durban, South Africa.
In 2018, she was selected for India’s 8-member Asian Games karate team. In doing so, Supriya became the first woman and third athlete in the history of MP karate to get selected into the Asian Games team. In 2010, Vikas Sharma and Gaurav Scindia had qualified for the Asian Games from the state. However, her dream came crashing down after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) dropped her from the team. “That was the past. Now, I am focusing on the future,” said Supriya, who is from Gwalior.
Daughter of a retired army officer, Supriya took to karate at the age of 10. Supriya’s dominance in her category has resulted in her winning seven national titles so far.