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CWG 2018: Mary Kom wins Gold on her maiden Games appearance

India Today logo India Today 14/04/2018

MC Mary Kom won the gold medal in her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance on Saturday in Gold Coast.

Mary Kom defeated Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara 5-0 in the women's 45-48kg category to bring home the Gold. Mary completely dominated the player from Northern Ireland.

Except the last few punches that she received, Mary Kom remained on top throughout to get the yellow metal.

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With Mary Kom's gold medal, India's tally is up to 43 medals (18 Gold, 11 Silver and 14 Bronze).

Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist Mary Kom defeated a defensive Anusha Dilrukshi Koddithuwakku of Sri Lanka 5-0 to make the summit clash of the Games.

It was a battle of veterans between the 35-year-old Indian and the 39-year-old Koddithuwakku.

Mary Kom, also a sitting Rajya Sabha MP in India, prevailed in a rather dull contest where clean punches were few and far.

Despite the height advantage Koddithuwak struggled to connect for most part. She picked up pace in the final three minutes but Mary Kom drew from her own wealth of experience to thwart her.

O'Hara, Mary Kom's final opponent, had defeated 19-year-old New Zealander Tasmyn Benny in the semifinals.

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