Michaela Whitebooi bagged gold in Birmingham on Monday as gymnastics, judo and lawn bowls joined Team SA’s medal party.
Judoka Whitebooi clinched the victory over India’s Shushila Devi Likmabam with a golden score Waza-ari after they’d ended without scoring in regulation time.
Whitebooi swept into the final of the women’s 48kg competition to guarantee at least a silver medal.
She beat Ashleigh-Anne Barnikel of Wales in the quarterfinals and then in the semifinals she dispensed of England’s Amy Platten, the bronze medallist at the European under-23 championships last year.
Whitebooi lost in the opening round at the Tokyo Olympics after being drawn to face the world champion, but that experience helped her.
“I think Tokyo really helped me,” she said. “It was almost the same set-up, the competition venue. So when I stepped in here I remembered Tokyo, so it really motivated me to win today [Monday].”
Likmabam was no easy opponent in the final, having taken silver at Glasgow 2014, but eight years later she returned to the same position on the podium.