CWG 2018: Mary Kom India's flagbearer at closing ceremony


Mary Kom | AFP

The magnitude of that win might not amount to much considering her long list of accolades but for Mary and her followers, it was a big deal. The person who had asked the question soon realized that with this question he had hit himself below the belt and was left red-faced.

Mother-of-three Kom, the subject of a Bollywood film in 2014, won a unanimous points decision over Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in their light-flyweight final on Australia's Gold Coast.

The mother-of-three won a record fifth Asian women's championship title in November previous year - defying critics who suggested Kom was approaching retirement age.

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"I'm still strong from here and here", said Kom, pointing to her heart and her head. The 35-year-old mother of three, who says she was inspired by fellow Manipuri, Dingko Singh, victor of the 1998 Asian Games gold, has won medals at virtually every major Games. "I would like to thank the coaches, the entire support staff and everyone who believed in me".

It is Kom's first Commonwealth medal of any colour and burnishes a heaving trophy cabinet that already includes an Olympic bronze from London 2012 and five amateur World Championship titles. By the second round, Mary Kom seemed to be thoroughly enjoying herself in the ring against her timid rival. A medal at the Commonwealth Games was the only thing missing in the kitty of the skilled boxer and she has bagged a gold medal at the CWG now to add to her illustrious career.

They call her Magnificient Mary and MC Mary Kom lived up to that moniker with a brilliant performance as she led the Indian boxing squad to their best ever performance in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Saturday.

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The star of the day was without a shred of doubt Mary Kom.

"I will try to go to Tokyo if I am still super-fit in another two years".

Mary Kom has always had a good sense of humour. Today was just a wee bit of a slower pace for me so it was out of my comfort zone, but I thought I had done enough to win.

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Even in the photo above, you can see her pose with her medal with a child-like innocence.

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