Mary Kom, Gaurav Solanki claim gold on CWG debut

Mary Kom, Gaurav Solanki claim gold on CWG debut

Mary Kom, Gaurav Solanki claim gold on CWG debut

The Indian hockey teams failed to etch their names in the medals column as both the men's and women's team lost to England in their respective bronze medal matches at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Saturday.

Though India had good ball possession in the initial minutes of the first quarter, England were far more dominating with intense attack, making spaces in the striking circle. Boxers Amit Panghal (49kg), Manish Kaushik (60kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) settled for silver after losing closely-contested bouts.

On Friday, with Anish Bhanwala's gold, India went past its medal tally at Glasgow.

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

Mother-of-three Kom, the subject of a Bollywood film in 2014, won a unanimous points decision over Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in their light-flyweight final on Australia's Gold Coast. Anish scored 286 in stage 1 and 294 in stage 2 qualifying, while Neeraj had 291 in stage 1 and 288 in stage 2.

She also won a silver medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria before arriving in Gold Coast. "I don't know if I deserve it but I am certainly very proud of it", Mary Kom said.

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The 26-year-old waved to the crowd as she departed, and her team's solid defence kept a stranglehold on England's scoring to minimise any concerns of a fightback.

The Indian duo defeated their opponents 11-5, 11-6, 12-10.

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