India’s number 1 ranked trailblazer boxer Mary Kom won her first Commonwealth Games gold medal on Saturday – the day when India raked the most medals in a single day during the ongoing CWG 2018 at Gold Coast in Australia.
The 35-year-old-mother-of-three Indian boxer Mary Kom has already won five world titles and a bronze medal at the Olympics – and every medal won now will add to her tally – like her debut gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 2018 did. On Saturday, the Indian boxing legend Mary Kom boxed her way to win the women’s 45-48kg gold on her CWG debut. The debut at the Commonwealth came just few months after she won the Asian Champion – marking herself as a boxing icon not just in India or Asia – but across the entire world.
At an age of 35, being a mother of three children – Mary Kom says that the secret to her success is her fitness and her quick spontaneous reflexes. At Gold Coast boxing finale, Mary Kom beat Northern Ireland’s 21-year-old Kristina O’Hara 5-0 via unanimous decision – thanks to the smashing score of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 20-27. Upon winning the medal, a beaming Mary Kom said, “I am so glad to have made history again, it is a special feeling to win something that is a milestone medal. I am just so glad.” The CWG medal will be a significant new entrée in a heaving trophy cabinet that already includes an Olympic bronze from London 2012 – while she aims for Olympics 2020.
It was the richest day for India as athletes delivered a total of six medals in a single day – making the maximum tally record for India at Commonwealth Games this year. From men’s 52kg and 75kg category, boxers Gaurav Solanki and Vikas Krishan won gold medal respectively and Manish Kaushik (60kg), Amit Panghal (46-49kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) had to settle for silver medal. Besides boxing India made a debut in javelin throw, India’s Neeraj Chopra won the evening with a gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event – claiming the yellow metal in the event for the first time in Indian history.