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Mary Kom : 1st Indian woman to win CWG gold in Boxing

Published on April 14, 2018
Mary Kom clinched her maiden Commonwealth Games gold in the CWG 2018 being held in Gold Coast, Australia.
Mary Kom : 1st Indian woman to win CWG gold in Boxing
  • She has become the 1st Indian woman to win a gold in the Commonwealth Games in any boxing event.
  • She defeated Kristina O’Hara of Northern Ireland in the finals of the women’s 48 kg boxing finals at the CWG 2018 claiming an unanimous verdict of 5-0.
  • The 35-year-old, five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom was participating in her maiden Commonwealth Games.

About MC Mary Kom

  • Mary Kom is an Indian Olympic boxer hailing from the Kom tribe in Manipur. 
  • She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.
  • She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics and winning the bronze medal.
  • She was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha by the President of India on 26th April 2016.
  • In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Mary Kom as national observer for boxing.
  • She has been awarded with Padma Bhushan, Arjuna award, Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award etc. 

CWG 2018

  • The 2018 Commonwealth Games are officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Gold Coast 2018.
  • It is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that is currently being held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between 4 and 15 April 2018. 
  • It is the fifth time Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games.
  • The motto for CWG 2018 is “Share the Dream”.
  • It will witness 275 events in 19 sports with an overall participation from 71 Commonwealth teams.
  • Beach Volleyball, Para Triathlon and Women’s Rugby Sevens have made their Commonwealth Games debuts and for the first time at a Commonwealth Games, an equal number of men’s and women’s medal events were contested.

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