Commonwealth Games title in her kitty, MC Mary Kom craves Olympic gold

Aubrey Yates
April 15, 2018

Mary Kom and Gaurav Solanki gave India its first gold in women and men's boxing after they registered convincing wins in their respective finals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast on Saturday. Saina won her first gold medal point at 21-20 but Sindhu managed to survive.

Prior to the CWG, midfielder Manpreet Singh had promised to bring home atleast a medal from the Games while ace drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh had stated that they are the best team that can offer Australia a challenge for the gold.

Batra's fantastic run at the games continued as she defeated Mengyu 11-7, 11-6, 11-2, and 11-7 in what was deemed to be a one-sided final.

The 21-year-old discovered the day before the competition that she would not be allowed to compete after Team England staffers failed to complete her entry form adequately.

Weightman's compatriot Jessica Trengrove took bronze for the second Games in a row to add yet another medal to the host nation's already impressive tally. The 35-year-old has won an Olympic bronze medal, five world championship titles, five Asian Championships, Asian Games gold and Asian Indoor Games gold, many national and global tournaments. In the women's singles gold medal match, badminton enthusiasts are up for a treat as P.V. Sindhu takes on Saina Nehwal. "I've had to bide my time, I've had to take knocks, I've had to be sat in the shadows". He had won his Asian Games gold in 2010 in the lightweight 60kg category.

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India's Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty settled for the silver medal in badminton men's doubles after going down meekly to England's Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge. Vikas won by a 5:0 unanimous verdict against Ntsengue in a close contest which saw both the boxers claiming to have won the bout before the referee's verdict.

Manish Kaushik, the favourite for the 60 kg lost out after a split decision went in favour of Australian Harry Garside. Srikanth had a good start as he won the opening game. But what was more heart-warming with respect to the medal's tally was that India nearly doubled the number of gold medals from 2014.

However, Lartey's performance in the division ties him at third place together with England's Luke McCormack who lost to Namibian Jonas Jonas in the second semifinal bout.

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