Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Government congratulates Team SA for Commonwealth performance

Government congratulates Team SA for Commonwealth performance

Indian boxing legend MC Mary Kom, who claimed a gold medal on debut at the Commonwealth Games, will be India's flagbearer at the event's closing ceremony on Sunday. Also, this is the first gold for India in Women's boxing in the current edition after Pinki Rani, L Sarita Devi and Lovlina Borgohain failed to live up the billing.

In comparison, West African neighbours Nigeria is the highest placed West African team in 10th place having amassed 16 medals, comprising six gold, five silver and five bronze.

However, the men's hockey team didn't perform as expected and lost to New Zealand 2-3 in the semi-final.

Mary Kom defeated Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara 5-0 in the women's 45-48kg category to bring home the Gold.

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It's a fourth Commonwealth Games medal for Heading who won gold and silver in Delhi in 2010 and silver in Glasgow in 2014.

While Amit claimed the silver medal in the men's 49kg category losing to England's Galai Yafai, Manish got the silver metal in the men's 60kg category against Australia's Harry Garside. Kaushik was surprised by the 3-2 split decision in favour of his opponent.

She also won a silver medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria before arriving in Gold Coast.

Asked what India has learned heading towards the upcoming World Cup in London, Rani said: "We are playing England in our first game and we need to work towards that". "I don't know how I pull it off sometimes", she had said, after her Asian Championship gold in November previous year.

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The star of the day was without a shred of doubt Mary Kom (48kg) - a 35-year-old five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist.

India's women's hockey team turned in an embarrassing performance in the bronze medal round against England and was thrashed 6-0.

Satwik then paired up with Chirag Shetty to get past Malaysian men's doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon and Huat 21-14, 15-21, 21-9. The Indian lost 5-7 in a close contest, during which she did remarkably well in the second round.

Nigeria finished second in the wrestling medal standings with Aminat Adeniyi continuing their success in the women's freestyle events today.

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