Mary Kom strikes gold at President’s Cup in Indonesia
Six time champion, boxer MC Mary Kom has picked another gold making India proud. She defeated Australia’s April Franks 5-0 in the 23rd President’s Cup to clinch the gold medal in a one-sided 51kg category final in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia. Not just that, at the event, women boxers had a flawless record in the finals, winning all the four gold medals on offer.
Mary Kom tweeted “Gold medal for me and for my country at #PresidentCup Indonesia. Winning means you’re willing to go longer,work harder & give more effort than anyone else. I sincerely thanks to all my Coaches and support staffs”
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju returned her tweet with a congratulatory message for the Olympic bronze medallist.
“Dear, @MangteC you are always a huge pride for India! Hearty congratulations to you on winning the Gold Medal for India at #PresidentCup Indonesia!,” he tweeted.
The 36-year-old boxer, and a mom of two, had also won a gold medal at the India Open boxing tournament in May. She has been since focussing on her chances of Olympic qualification.
Mary Kom, who claimed her sixth world title in Delhi last year, will be looking to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the World Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia which will be held from September 7 to 21.
India saw some other important mentions. Simranjit Kaur lead in her final against Indonesia’s Asian Games bronze medallist Hasanah Huswatun. The Asian Boxing Championships silver medallist dominated her opponent 5-0.
Winning means you’re willing to go longer,work harder & give more effort than anyone else – Mary Kom
In 54kg, Assam’s young and upcoming boxer Jamuna Boro won 5-0 against Italy’s veteran boxer Giulia Lamagna to add to the gold she won at the India Open in May.
In 48kg, youngster Monika ended the challenge of Endang of Indonesia by a similar victory 5-0 to round off what a solid campaign for Indian women.
Women: 48kg: Monika bt Endang (Ina) 5-0; 51kg: M.C. Mary Kom bt April Franks (Aus) 5-0; 54kg: Jamuna Boro bt Giulia Lamagna (Ita) 5-0; 60kg: Simranjit Kaur bt Hasanah Huswatun (Ina) 5-0.