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NEW DELHI: Indian boxers made hay on day ten of the Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast Australia delivering a total of four medals, with boxing legend MC Mary Kom claiming women’s 45-48kg gold on her CWG debut, while India’s Neeraj Chopra demolished the men’s javelin throw competition to claim a historic field gold for India.

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In the men’s 52kg, boxer Gaurav Solanki claimed the yellow metal while Manish Kaushik (60kg) and Amit Panghal (46-49kg) had to settle for silver.

Mary Kom, 35, beat Northern Ireland’s 21-year-old Kristina O’Hara 5-0 via unanimous decision. The five-time world champion won 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 20-27 to land the verdict in her favour.

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Solanki was on the attack from the word go, dominating the first two rounds against Brendan Irvine, before the Northern Irishman came back strongly in the final round. Solanki was eventually awarded the bout by a 4:1 split decision from the judges. It was a much improved performance from Solanki, who in the semifinal, recovered admirably from two knockdowns against Sri Lanka’s Vidanalange Ishan Bandara.

Amit lost a close bout to England’s Galal Yafai after going down 28-29, 27-30, 29-28, 28-28, 28-29 via split verdict.Kaushik put on a riveting effort in his final bout against Harry Garside, but in the end, the Australian was declared winner by the judges, who gave a 3:2 split decision.

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In wrestling, Sakshi Malik, after losing the first two matches of the women’s 62kg freestyle Nordic event, took bronze after notching up a close 6-5 win over New Zealand’s Tayla Ford. In the men’s 125kg freestyle, Sumit won gold to extend India’s medal tally to 50 with a walkover win after his opponent Sinivie Boltic of Nigeria did not turn up owing to an injury.

In shooting, Sanjeev Rajput created a new Commonwealth Games record, laying claim to the gold medal in men’s 50m Rifle 3 positions in Gold Coast [Australia]. Sanjeev shot a Games record of 454.4 to finish at the top ahead of Grzegorz Sych [448.4] of Canada and Dean Bale [441.2] of England at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

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The other Indian in the fray, Chain Singh, finished fourth. In the trap event, Mananvjeet Sandhu and Kynan Chenai failed to qualify for the finals.

Later in the day, India added the 21st gold medal in their CWG 2018 kitty with Chopra registering a season best effort of 86.47 meters in men’s javelin. With that, Chopra not only joined an elite list of Indian athletes to win a gold medal on their CWG debut, but also became the first Indian to triumph in Javelin Throw at CWG.

Chopra’s first throw resulted in him hitting a mark of 85.50 meters that catapulted him to gold medal position. Despite faltering in his second attempt and hitting a mark of 84.78 in his third, Chopra bettered his own score with a winning effort of 86.47 meters in his fourth. The other Indian in the fray, Vipin Kashana, finished fifth with a best of 77.87.

In women’s 4x400m relay finals, India finished seventh while Arpinder Singh, Glasgow bronze medalist, finished fourth in men’s triple jump.

Updated: April 14, 2018 — 6:48 am

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