Chümoukedima, 22 March (MTNews): The Nagaland Taekwondo team has emerged as the champions with 12 medals (four gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze) of the Taekwondo event held as part of the Northeast Games 2024 here at Sovima Futsal ground.

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Nagaland taekwondo team lifting the overall group champion trophy at Chümoukedima on Friday.

It was followed by Manipur in second place with four gold, one silver, and 3 bronze in the overall medal tally. Mizoram state is in 3rd position with 3 gold, 4 silver, and two bronze of the table tally. This is the first time Nagaland has dominated the taekwondo event over the past three editions held for the North East Games.

The two-day-long championship started on Thursday with seven states: Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland taking part in the championship. The event concluded on Friday evening.

The Nagaland team performed well on the first day of the event, winning four gold medals but had to settle with 5 silver on the second day of the championship. However, the silver medals made the difference in winning the overall group championship of the Taekwondo event.

On the second day, Keneilevo Nagi won a silver medal in Under-80 kg, Keyinchingongbe Hega earned a silver medal in U-54kg, Bovito Chophy secured a bronze medal in U-58kg, and Boto Chophy settled for a silver medal in U-68 kg for the men’s category. Meanwhile, in the girls’ category, Christina Singh claimed the bronze medal in U-40kg, Visazono Sachu achieved a silver medal in U-43kg, and Dipika Hazarika secured a silver medal in 49kg.

On the first day of the championship, N Tenloi Phom defeated NIBER MUHURTTA BORUAH from ASSAM to take the gold in U-48 kg category. In U-51 kg,  Y Chandrakumar won the second gold medal for Nagaland against H Lalfrinfela (Mizoram). Meanwhile, Ankur added the third gold for Nagaland in 74 Kg by defeating Kangujam Milan Singh (Manipur). For the girls’ category, in U-57 Kg category, Mallika Baruah (Nagaland) secured the fourth gold for Nagaland, and Bindyajairu (Nagaland) earned bronze in Girls U-46 Kg event.

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