India's MC Mery Kom poses with her gold medal after beating Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in their women's 45-48kg final boxing match during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios venue on the Gold Coast on April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE
India's MC Mery Kom poses with her gold medal after beating Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in their women's 45-48kg final boxing match during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Oxenford Studios venue on the Gold Coast on April 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

Gold Coast: The legend of M C Mary Kom (48kg) grew largeras she added the Commonwealth Games gold to her packed medal cabinet,thrashing Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the final here today. The 35-year-old five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallistwas competing in her debut Commonwealh Games, also perhaps her last, and made it a memorable one with yet another dominating performance to claim an unanimous verdict of 5-0.

The 22-year-old O’Hara, who works as a carer at a nursing home whenshe is not trading punches in the ring, lacked the finesse to counter the experienced Indian and failed to take advantage of her longer reach. Mary Kom struck her at will, her right hooks being especially telling.

By the second round, Mary Kom seemed to be thoroughly enjoying herselfin the ring against her timid rival. Mary Kom had claimed the Asian Championships gold five months ago,before ensnaring the top honours at the India Open in January. She had won a silver medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria before coming here. PTI PM  ATKATK04140745NNNN

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