Gold Coast: The legend of M C Mary Kom (48kg) grew larger as she added the Commonwealth Games gold to her packed medal cabinet, thrashing Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in the final here on Saturday.
And as she appeared for the one last time at the #CommonwealthGames #MaryKom of #TeamIndia had earned the gold she wanted from #GC2018Boxing , respect of a few hundred who witnessed her #LIVE and prayers & blessings of billions more!#ThankYou @MangteC #GC2018 #SHARETHEDREAM pic.twitter.com/SabT8oWome— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 14, 2018
The 35-year-old five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist was competing in her debut Commonwealth Games, also perhaps her last, and made it a memorable one with yet another dominating performance to claim an unanimous verdict of 5-0.
A #Golden dream come true for @MangteC and #TeamIndia!
35 year old boxing legend #MaryKom bags a Gold 🥇 in her debut #GC2018Boxing Women's 45-48kg Final Bout at the #GC2018 #CommonwealthGames
She beat #KristinaOHara of #TeamNIR by unanimous decision! #Congratulations Champion! pic.twitter.com/mFgzuIltag— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 14, 2018
The 22-year-old O'Hara, who works as a carer at a nursing home when she 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 herself in 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.