Star boxer MC Mary Kom started India’s medal rush on day 10 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia as she beat Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the women’s 45-48 kg category on Saturday. This was her first-ever CWG medal, bagging it in her debut appearance. Mary Kom’s debut gold medal takes India’s medals tally to 43.
This could be Mary Kom’s first and last appearance at the Commonwealth Games. She defeated Kristina O’Hara 5-0 to win the gold. The 35-year-old won via unanimous decision stretching over three rounds after the five judges gave the verdict – 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 20-27 – in her favour.
Mary’s 22-year-old Irish opponent couldn’t counter Mary’s experience as she dominated with right hooks. Mary was at her ruthless best in the second round, enjoying the bout in every way possible. O’Hara did make a strong comeback in the final round, but fell short to impress the judges over Mary Kom.
Indian ace, Mary Kom, had won the gold in Asian Championship in Vietnam almost five months ago to script one of the greatest comebacks in Indian sports history. This feat for Mary came after she missed out on the Rio Olympics qualification. She bagged gold in the maiden India Open boxing championship just three months later.