Boxer Mary Kom Hits Gold In Maiden CWG Final
India’s biggest medal hope, boxer MC Mary Kom (48kg), kept her promise. She won the gold medal at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Saturday. This is the first time she was competing in the CWG.
She tweeted after lifting the medal:
With this win, she became the first Indian woman to win a boxing GOLD at the
#GC2018 in her first attempt
Kom added yet another feather to her overwhelming career by winning gold in the women’s 45-48 kg category at the ongoing games. She put up a comprehensive fight and beat Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara 5-0 via a unanimous decision to claim the one medal that was missing from her pile of trophies thus far.
Olympic bronze medallist and five-time world champion Kom had entered the CWG final (48kg) as the first Indian boxer ever to do so and won the battle 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 20-27 to land the verdict in her favour.
35-year-old “Magnificent Mary” had earlier won the gold medal in the Asian Boxing Championships in Vietnam in November last year. It was an incredible comeback, and after CWG, she has proven her her mettle once again. Kom is the country’s only woman boxer with an Olympic medal (a bronze won in London 2012 Games). The mother of three was a dominant performer today, tiding over the disappointment of not qualifying for Rio Olympics 2016.
Also a member of Parliament, Kom is equally passionate to make a difference in society. She recently provided fund for five toilets at Golmuri police line in Jamshedpur. She has launched her own academy to train aspirant sportspersons. On March 16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the ‘Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation’ in Imphal.
You cannot but love this woman!
All eyes are now on wrestler Sakshi Malik, and shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal’s all-Indian badminton final.
Watch this space for more updates.
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