Mary Kom

Gold Coast: The legend of MC Mary Kom (48kg) grew larger as she added the Commonwealth Games gold to her packed medal cabinet, thrashing Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the final here today.

Legendary boxer Mary Kom did it in style. She beat Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in a unanimous decision from all the five judges in the final of 45-48kg weight category to claim gold, her first medal at Commonwealth Games 2018, taking place at Gold Coast, Australia.

This is the Indian boxer’s first medal at Commonwealth Games and probably the last as she is expected to retire after this tournament. She added to India’s medal tally, which currently stands at third with 18 gold medals.

Kristina O’Hara, who works as a carer at a nursing home when she is not trading punches in the ring, lacked the finesse to counter the experienced Indian and failed to take advantage of her longer reach.

Mary Kom struck her at will, her right hooks being especially telling. By the second round, Mary Kom seemed to be thoroughly enjoying herself in the ring against her timid rival.

Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte, born 24 November 1982, better known as Mary Kom, is an Indian Olympic boxer hailing from the Kom tribe in Manipur. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.

Nicknamed “Magnificent Mary”, she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.

Mary Kom had claimed the Asian Championships gold five months ago, before ensnaring the top honours at the India Open in January. She had won a silver medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria before coming here.