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CWG 2018: Pugilist Mary Kom clinches gold

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Cristina Norman | 14 April, 2018, 22:16

This was the first CWG Gold medal for the legendary Manipuri boxer.

India had beaten England 2-1 in Pool matches but were unable to produce the same magic in the bronze medal encounter.

Amid all this fine showing, there was heart-break though as Amit Panghal lost out to Galal Yafai of England in the men's 52kg which looked good to go either way.

Nearly every medal that is there to be taken is in her kitty but M C Mary Kom says she still trains like a maniac, the latest result of the regimen being a gold on debut at the Commonwealth Games here.

India captain Manpreet Singh was naturally very upset with the outcome.

Two Indian athletes were kicked out of the Commonwealth Games on Friday after syringes were found in their accommodation, a breach of tournament rules. "We are so disappointed, we did not expect this will be the result of this tour", Manpreet said.

Coach Sjoerd Marijne was also disappointed. You make us prouder with every punch!

They conceded four goals in the last five minutes to give the English a tennis scoreline victory. "This is such a special group of players and sharing it with them is fantastic".

Saturday was a day of many firsts for India at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Somveer lost by technical superiority as his opponent built up a 10-0 lead in the first round.

A diving P R Sreejesh could do little to stop the fiercely-struck ball. A well-thought variation between Rohidas and Varun fetched India a much-needed equaliser.

Bit by painful bit, England clawed their way back into it until the score stood level at 55-55 with 10 seconds remaining and Helen Housby eyed up a match-winning shot from distance.

Ward gave England again the lead in the 43rd minute, employing a reverse-hand drive past PR Sreejesh after his initial drag-flick was blocked by runner Amit Rohidas.

While Manpreet played his heart out, especially in the hard-fought wins over Wales and Malaysia, the mental and physical tiredness of playing six games inside eight games eventually took its toll.

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