The indomitable M C Mary Kom (48kg) stormed into the finals and was on course to deliver Indias maiden Commonwealth Games gold in womens boxing, while Vikas Krishan (75kg) along with two others entered the mens semifinals, here on Wednesday. Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist Mary Kom defeated a defensive Anusha Dilrukshi Koddithuwakku of Sri Lanka 5-0 to make the summit clash in her debut appearance at the Games.
Among the men, the debutant duo of Gaurav Solanki (52kg) and Manish Kaushik (60kg), world bronze-medallist Vikas made the semifinals to be assured of medals. This takes the total number of male boxers in medal rounds to eight, a 100 per cent success rate in the event and one more in number compared to their best ever show at 2010 CWG. "It was difficult in the sense that this girl would just not come to me.
I had to be careful because she was perhaps waiting for me to let my guard down," Mary Kom said after the bout. It was a battle of veterans between the 35-year-old Indian and the 39-year-old Koddithuwakku. Mary Kom, also a sitting Rajya Sabha MP in India, prevailed in a rather dull contest where clean punches were few and far. Despite the height advantage Koddithuwakku struggled to connect for most part.
She picked up pace in the final three minutes but Mary Kom drew from her own wealth of experience to thwart her. The Olympic bronze-medallist ...