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Mary Kom, 2 others claim gold; boxers shine in CWG

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

The legend of M C grew bigger as she became the first Indian to claim a gold and was joined by Gaurav (52kg) and (75kg) in the top-finishers' group for India's best ever haul at the mega-event here today.

Settling for silver medals were (49kg) and (60kg) after losing closely-contested bouts here. will be going back with eight medals from the current edition, one more than their previous best at

of the day was without a shred of doubt (48kg) -- a 35-year-old five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist.

She was competing in her debut Commonwealth Games, also perhaps her last, and made it a memorable one with yet another dominating performance to claim an unanimous verdict of 5-0 over Northern Ireland's in the final.

"I am so glad to have made history again, it is a special feeling to win something that is a milestone medal. I am just so glad," a beaming said after the victory.

"This medal and each one of my medals is special to me because I have worked equally hard for them. And I will continue to do so till the time my body is fit," she added.

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.

In the men's competition, provided the golden touch, pulling it off 4-1 over Northern Ireland's The Indian lost the third round but did just enough in the first two to walk away with a gold medal on debut at the Games.

"Today I'm dedicating my medal to my mum, but I want to represent at the (Tokyo) and to be there when they raise the Indian flag," the 22-year-old said looking ahead.

In the evening session, Vikas, a former gold-medallist and world bronze-medallist, pummelled Cameroon's Dieudonne to claim the third gold for

The technically superior Indian stuck to his usual tactic of taking slow control of the proceedings, trading with caution first up before letting it rip to take the opponent by surprise.

plans to turn professional by the end of this year and the gold here just adds to his accomplished amateur run.

However, luck was not on side of either Amit or Manish, both of whom went down in split verdicts. Amit, who was chasing his third successive international gold, was beaten by England's European silver-medallist

"I am disappointed with the result. I thought it was 50-50 bout," Amit said after his loss.

Manish, on the other hand, lost 2-3 to local favourite Harry Garside, again on a split decision. Both the boxers gave their all in the bouts but could not get the judges' nod.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 16:45 IST