Commonwealth Games 2018: Galadima claims 8th gold for Nigeria

Alicia Farmer
April 14, 2018

Gold Coast, Apr 14 (PTI) The legend of M C Mary Kom (48kg) grew larger as she added the Commonwealth Games gold to her packed medal cabinet, thrashing Northern Irelands Kristina OHara in the final here today. Four of the judges, however, awarded Mary Kom the round by a slender 10-9 margin. She used pressure from her footwork and utilised it over Christiana. By the second round, Mary Kom seemed to be thoroughly enjoying herself in the ring against her timid rival.

The 24-year-old from Haryana dominated the proceedings against Wales' Kane Charig to register an emphatic 10-0 win to claim India's 16th gold medal on the eighth day of the Games at the Carrara Sports Arena.

Mary's first major medal was a silver at the 2001 World Championship, the first time the tournament was held for women boxers.

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Premier Indian Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra on Saturday delivered his season best performance to clinch gold in the javelin throw event of the Commonwealth Games 2018 here. It was the first time that amateur women's boxing was introduced in the Games.

In the final shoot-off between the two for a place in the final round, Galea beat the Indian competitor 4-3.

More glory came at the Shooting on Friday, with Laetisha Scanlan winning Gold in the Women's Trap final, celebrating her 28 birthday in style. Bajrang won the gold medal in the 65kg category, while Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Pooja Dhanda (57kg) won a silver each and Divya Kakran (68kg) bagged a bronze medal.

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