Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Supermom Mary Kom leads India’s gold rush

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Indian sports persons continued their golden run on the 10th Day of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with five-time world champion and iconic Manipuri boxer MC Mary Kom leading the way as India won an unprecedented eight gold medals on Saturday. The other highlights of the day for India were the historic javelin and women’s table tennis single’s golds for Neeraj Chopra and Monika Batra.

35-year-old Mary Kom won India’s first gold medal in boxing when she pipped her Northern Ireland opponent Kristina O’Hara in the women’s 45-48 kg final to claim the yellow metal in her debut Commonwealth Games. Gaurav Solanki then clinched the second boxing gold beating Brendan Irvine, also of Northern Ireland, in the final of the men’s 52 kg bout. Vikas Krishan won the third boxing gold defeating Cameroon’s Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue in the men’s 75 kg final.

Neeraj Chopra, the junior world javelin throw champion, then created history to win the men’s javelin throw gold. Manika Batra also claimed a historic gold in the women’s singles in table tennis beating Yu Mengyu of Singapore in the final.

The wrestlers then joined in the act with Vinesh Phogat and Sumit Malik winning golds while Amit Phangal, Manish Kaushik and Satish Kaushik bagged silver medals.

Meanwhile, Sanjeev Rajput won India’s seventh gold medal in shooting in the men’s 50m rifle 3 positions event.

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