Commonwealth Games 2018: Star boxer MC Mary Kom wallops Kristina O'Hara, claims gold on CWG debut

Gold Coast, Australia: The legend of MC Mary Kom (48kg) grew larger as she added the Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold to her packed medal cabinet, thrashing Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in the final in Gold Coast on Saturday.

 Commonwealth Games 2018: Star boxer MC Mary Kom wallops Kristina OHara, claims gold on CWG debut

MC Mary Kom's celebrates after winning gold in women's 45-48kg event. Image credit: Screengrab taken from Sonyliv.com

The 35-year-old five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist was competing in her debut appearance at the CWG, also perhaps her last, and made it a memorable one with yet another dominating performance to claim an unanimous verdict of 5-0.

The 22-year-old O'Hara, who works as a carer at a nursing home when she is not trading punches in the ring, lacked the finesse to counter the experienced Indian and failed to take advantage of her longer reach.

Mary Kom struck her at will, her right hooks being especially telling. By the second round, Mary Kom seemed to be thoroughly enjoying herself in the ring against her timid rival.

Mary Kom had claimed the Asian Championships gold five months ago, before ensnaring the top honours at the India Open in January. She had won a silver medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria before coming to Gold Coast.

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Updated Date: Apr 14, 2018 08:39:44 IST