Mary Kom Bags The Gold Medal in Her CWG 2018 45-48kg Category Boxing GC 2018.

April 14, 2018

India's most decorated boxer MC Mary Kom defeated Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara 5-0 to win the coveted gold in the 45-48kg category at the ongoing Commonwealth Games.

This medal took India's tally to 43, with Mary clinching boxing's first gold for India in this edition. With this win, Mary became the first Indian female boxer to win gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Mary dominated O'Hara right from the beginning of the first round -- there are three rounds of three minutes each -- mixing caution with aggression as she tried to size her opponent up. The second round was more of an equal competition, with O'Hara trying to showcase good defence and composure despite being far lesser experienced than Mary, in what was the biggest bout of her life.

The first half of the final round focused more on aggression for Mary, as she calmly tackled her opponent . O'Hara had a height advantage but Mary's solid defence in the second half meant that she could land very few punches on the Indian. Even as the competition became close towards the end of the round, Mary won unanimously in the end, in what was her maiden Commonwealth Games. She had lost out in a berth at the 2014 Games after losing to Pinki Rani at the National Championships.

Mary is a five-time World Champion, an Olympic bronze medalist and has also won the Asian Championship five times. She is the only Indian boxer to medal at this edition of the Games after Pinki Rani, L Sarita Devi and Lovlina Borgohain failed to reach the medal rounds.

Enduring multiple breaks and distractions in her career that would have stopped most athletes in their tracks, the 35-year old has continued to lead from the front. "I don't know how I pull it off sometimes," she had said, after her Asian Championship gold in November last year. Mary had twice put her career on hold in 2008 and 2012 after the birth of her children. In a sport where competitors deprive their own bodies to shred a few grams of body weight, Mary has twice ballooned and reduced her body weight.

"Quite simply she is a one in a generation athlete," Dr. Nikhil Latey, a physiotherapist who worked with Mary for six years until 2016, had said. Latey had trained with scores of elite Indian Olympic athletes, yet Mary stood out. "Mary has the best recovery compared to any other athlete I have worked with. That is just a God given gift she is born with," he had said.

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