35 years old Mary Kom has become the first Indian woman to win a boxing gold at the Commonwealth Games. The five-time boxing world champion M C Mary Kom won the gold medal in women’s 45-48 kg category at Gold Coast, Australia. She defeated Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara 5-0 to win the coveted gold in the 45-48 kg category at the ongoing Commonwealth Games.
The 22-year old O’Hara, who works as a carer at a nursing home when she is not practicing in the ring, lacked the skill to counter the experienced Indian boxer and failed to take advantage of her longer reach.
On the other hand, Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with a season’s best effort of 86.47m in the final. It also made him the third Indian man and fourth overall to clinch an individual athletics gold medal, after Milkha Singh in 1958, Krishna Poonia in 2010 and Vikas Gowda in 2014. The 20-year-old former junior world champion had made the final after achieving the qualifying mark in his very first throw yesterday and today again, he was leaps ahead of the field with his very first throw.
“It is a very important medal for me, I wanted to touch my personal best but I missed it by a centimeter. In my desperation for that, I tried so hard that I tumbled over in my last two attempts. But I am very happy and I have a lot of competitions this year to achieve the personal best,” Neeraj said after his triumph. Neeraj has now become the second javelin thrower to claim a CWG medal – the first being Kashinath Naik, who fetched a bronze in the 2010 Delhi Games.
Hats off to Neeraj Chopra, the farmer’s son from Khandra village in Haryana’s Panipat, who never had a formal javelin coach growing up, he learned by watching videos on YouTube. He is now a gold winner at the CWG2018. Heartiest Congratulations to Mary Kom as well, the first Indian woman to win a boxing gold at the Gold Coast 2018.