CWG 2018: MC Mary Kom wins gold in her debut Commonwealth Games

Not to forget the silver-medallists, three of them coming from boxing in Manish Kaushik (60kg), Amit Panghal (49kg) and Satish Kumar.

Apart from these six boxers, three others, Muhammed Hussamuddin, Naman Tanwar and Manoj Kumar claimed bronze medals on Friday. "The bar has been set pretty high by this performance but it makes things easier for us going forward", India's High-Performance Director Santiago Nieva told PTI.

"I am so glad to have made history again, it is a special feeling to win something that is a milestone medal".

Jubilant news also poured in from the TT venue of the Oxenford Studios where Manika Batra became the first woman paddler to claim a gold medal, ensuring her pinkest form doesn't go unnoticed.

This could be Mary Kom's first and last appearance at the Commonwealth Games.

"This is the first time I will be India's flag-bearer in an event like this". Her name has ben spelt Mery instead of Mary.

Vikas Krishan (75kg) beat Cameroon's Dieudonne Wilfried Ntsengue to claim the third gold for India.

What a celebration. Image Getty
What a celebration. Image Getty

Indian ace, Mary Kom, had won the gold in Asian Championship in Vietnam nearly five months ago to script one of the greatest comebacks in Indian sports history. He had won a bronze (2006) and a silver (2014) in the earlier editions as he finally broke the gold jinx.

"It's been a pleasure and honour to represent my country in these events". He plans to turn professional by the end of this year and the gold here just adds to his accomplished amateur run.

Amit finished with the silver medal in the men's light flyweight (49 kg) category after losing 1:3 to England's Galai Yafai in the final.

"I am disappointed with the result".

This was Satish's first Commonwealth Games medal.

The fact that all of the judges gave 10-9 in favour of Clarke at the end of each rounds underlines the tightly fought bout.


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