Mary bags elusive CWG gold, carries Indian tri-colour
AGENCIES/DIPR NEW_DELHI/IMPHAL, 15th Apr: MC Mary Kom added yet another chapter to her storied career by winning gold in women's 45-48 kg category at the Commonwealth Games, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.
She beat Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara 5-0 via unanimous decision to claim the yellow metal on Saturday. The five-time world champion won 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 20-27 to land the verdict in her favour.
Sports minister Letpao Haokip and works minister Th Biswajit Singh have hailed MC Mary Kom on winning gold at the CWG 2018.
Congratulating Mary Kom on clinching the elusive gold, minister Letpao said that she is indeed an asset for the state-country and specially for the sports fraternity.
In his message, Biswajit said that Mary Kom’s win not only reaffirmed the sporting prowess of Manipuri women in the world stage but also made the whole country and the state proud.
While wishing Mary all the best in her future endeavours, the minister also hoped that she would bring more laurels in the days to come.
When Mary Kom claimed her fifth Asian Championships Gold in Vietnam in November, it surely was one of the greatest comebacks in Indian sports. It must have been tough for the 35-year-old considering she was away from the boxing ring for a considerable amount of time but to her credit, Mary looked better than ever with a dominant performance, signalling that she had put the disappointment of not qualifying for Rio Olympics on the backburner.
Three months later, Mary proved that her latest return to the ring wasn't a fluke when she won another gold medal in the inaugural India Open boxing championship. 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. It was the ideal tonic the boxer needed to do the one thing she hasn't done yet - win a medal at the Commonwealth Games. Four years ago, she could not qualify for the event following a loss to Pinki Jangra during trials, and this year, she has left that disappointment far behind.
Kom, mom of three, was the subject of a Bollywood biographical film Mary Kom in 2014 starring Priyanka Chopra in the lead role. The CWG gold is the latest collection in her trophy cabinet which already has an Olympic bronze [London 2012] apart from five amateur world championship titles.
In honour of her acheivement boxer MC Mary Kom was made the flag bearer for India at the closing ceremony on Sunday.
Mary Kom, who claimed the gold medal after making her event debut at 35.
A packed Carrara stadium bid goodbye to the thousands of athletes and officials, who descended on the coastal city for 12 days of competition during which India pulled off its third-best ever medal count of 66, 26 of them gold. Even former Olympics champion Usain Bolt joined the party, taking the stage behind the DJ console.
"The calibre of athletes has been unparalleled, showcasing world record holders, sporting greats and breakthrough performances from young athletes," Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said in his address.
"While the Games is coming to a close, the future of sport in the Commonwealth is very bright indeed. In fact, in 2018, the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Sport are more relevant than ever before," she further stated.
After an opening that revolved around Australia's aboriginal heritage and one which stirred emotions, it was all about letting hair down at the closing. There were performances by several of Australia's singing stars, joined by flag-waving athletes. The ceremony also paid tribute to the 15,000 volunteers, called the Games Shapers, for their dedication in making the event a success. The volunteer force was made a part of the ceremony. The final farewell was given by representatives of language minority -- the Yugambeh, an aboriginal clan, which is considered the custodian of Queensland.
The boxer also cleared the air on the wrong spelling of her name being used by the organisers. Her name has been spelt Mery instead of Mary.
“Actually it is Mary but because my passport has the spelling Mery, the organisers have gone with that spelling. I will be getting it corrected once I am done with the Games and back in India,” she said.