When MC Mary Kom thrashed Maruoa Rahali in London on Monday, she ensured that India would surpass its previous best of three medals (one gold and two bronze) at the Olympics.
The 29-year-old Manipuri, a mother of twins, thrashed her Tunisian rival Maroua Rahali 15-6 in a one-sided quarter-final at the ExCel Arena.
However India’s five-time world women’s boxing champion she admitted she faced an uphill task to win the gold medal despite securing bronze in the London Olympic flyweight competition.
Pistol shooter Vijay Kumar has bagged a silver, and rifleman Gagan Narang and women’s shuttler Saina Nehwal a bronze apiece from the Games so far.
In track and field, male discus thrower Vikas Gowda, considered the country’s best bet for a medal from the discipline, qualified for the final after managing a distance of 65.20 metres in his second attempt to make the cut. The US-based Indian has a best throw of 66.28m.
Mary Kom is assured of a bronze even if she loses in the semi-final against Nicola Adams of Britain. Both losing semi-finalists are awarded bronze in the competition.