India's Closing Flag Bearer Mary Kom Delighted With Boxing Performance

Indian athletes shone on day 10 of the Commonwealth Games

Losing to Smith in what was only her third fight as a senior boxer led O'Hara a period of introspection and rebuilding, but these Commonwealth Games have seen the 22-year-old announce her arrival on the worldwide stage in emphatic fashion. The Commonwealth Games Federation flag was passed on to Birmingham officials after 11 days of successful games and events in Gold Coast, Australia.

Mary Kom struck her at will, her right hooks being especially telling. Her reply, though, left the entire audience in titters. "I will continue to play as long as I want", she said. Who are these people to stop me?

When Mary Kom claimed her fifth Asian Championships Gold in Vietnam in November, it surely was one of the greatest comebacks in Indian sports. "I can't really describe how I feel", she said. She is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, finally winning the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in the year 2009.

What about critics who question Mary Kom's future. "I would like to thank the coaches, the entire support staff and everyone who believed in me".

There will now be a Commonwealth Games gold alongside the five World Amateur titles, five Asian Championships, an Olympic bronze and a gold each at the Asian Games, Asian Indoor and Asia Cup.

It is true that Mary Kom has had to take a break in boxing when she got married and gave birth to three children. A medal at the Commonwealth Games was the only thing missing in the kitty of the skilled boxer and she has bagged a gold medal at the CWG now to add to her illustrious career.


Kom was devastated to miss out on a wildcard entry for the Rio 2016 Olympics and said she was aiming for Olympic gold in Tokyo 2020.

Mary Kom has always had a good sense of humour.

"But at the end of the day, she's a well known athlete, she's a credit to her country". Today, Mary proved yet again that she can deliver hefty blows outside the boxing ring as well.

"I have never talked about retirement, they were just rumours".

Even in the photo above, you can see her pose with her medal with a child-like innocence.

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