India’s most decorated boxer MC Mary Kom defeated Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara 5-0 to write another golden chapter in her record-breaking life.
This medal took India’s tally to 43, with Mary clinching boxing’s first gold in this edition.
She beat Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara 5-0 via unanimous decision to claim the yellow metal. The five-time world champion won 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 20-27 to land the verdict in her favour.
Mary dominated O’Hara right from the beginning of the first round — there are three rounds of three minutes each — mixing caution with aggression as she tried to size her opponent up. The second round was more of an equal competition, with O’Hara trying to showcase good defence and composure despite being far lesser experienced than Mary, in what was the former’s biggest bout of her life.
The first half of the final round focused more on aggression for Mary, as she calmly tackled her opponent . O’Hara had a height advantage but Mary’s solid defence in the second half meant that she could land very few punches on the Indian. Even as the competition became close towards the end of the round, Mary won unanimously in the end, in what was her maiden Commonwealth Games. She had lost out in a berth at the 2014 Games after losing to Pinki Rani at the National Championships.
Enduring multiple breaks and distractions in her career that would have stopped most athletes in their tracks, the 35-year old has continued to lead from the front. “I don’t know how I pull it off sometimes,” she had said to ESPN, after her Asian Championship gold in November last year. Mary had twice put her career on hold in 2008 and 2012 after the birth of her children. In a sport where competitors deprive their own bodies to shred a few grams of body weight, Mary has twice ballooned and reduced her body weight.