It’s been 9 days since the inception of the XXI COMMONWEALTH GAMES and australia has indeed been proven as a gold coast for us indians with a total of 59 medals including 25 gold medals.
Among other success stories, Indian shuttlers claimed berths in seven semi-finals, while the women’s doubles pair of Manika Batra and Mouma Das clinched the silver medal and seasoned men’s doubles pair of Achanta Sharath Kamal and G. Sathiyan entered the summit clash in the table tennis competitions.
Indian boxers made hay on day ten of the Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast Australia delivering a total of six medals, with boxing legend MC Mary Kom claiming women’s 45-48kg gold on her CWG debut, while India’s Neeraj Chopra demolished the men’s javelin throw competition to claim a historic field gold for India.
In the men’s 52kg and 75kg, boxers Gaurav Solanki and Vikas Krishan claimed the yellow metal respectively while Manish Kaushik (60kg), Amit Panghal (46-49kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) had to settle for silver
Mary Kom, 35, beat Northern Ireland’s 21-year-old Kristina O’Hara 5-0 via unanimous decision. The five-time world champion won 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 20-27 to land the verdict in her favour.
The World No. 11 Prannoy started on a positive note, winning the first game 21-17 at the Carrara Sports Arena. However, World No. 22 Rajiv made a brilliant comeback in the next two games to beat Prannoy 25-23, 21-9, 21-17 in an hour-long marathon match.
It was a good experience for me, but anything can happen in the ring. I just have to be confident that I can do my best. My opponent was very competitive. Even my sports minister came to cheer me on. My country will be very proud. I have to thank god and my coaches-MARY KOM
The performance does give some hope to India as they have some tough competitions ahead in the Asian Games and the World Championships later this year.