Mary Kom won the title at the Commonwealth Games where the Sri Lankans exceeded all expectations with their three medals
The boxing tournament of the Commonwealth Games finished in Gold Coast, Australia with its finals where the Asian teams claimed three gold medals, three silvers and six bronze. India’s Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte finally bagged one of her missing title while the Sri Lankan team exceeded the expectations with their three bronze medals.
The Commonwealth Games is one of the biggest multisport events of the world which holds every four years only as the Olympic Games. Altogether 275 events are in the schedule and 71 Commonwealth nations could attend in Gold Coast. At the very first time 16 boxing events were in the official program of the Games, 6 women and 10 men weight classes in the road to the gender equality.
Seventeen countries claimed at least one medal in the boxing tournament of the Commonwealth Games and among them India became the runner-up just behind England with their three gold medals, three silvers and three bronze. Sri Lanka is a developing boxing nation in the Asian continent and their new Ukrainian head coach led the team into three bronze medals which was one of their best ever performances in the sport.
India’ first gold medal was achieved by Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte who dominated her final at the women’s light flyweight (48kg) against Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara winning that bout by unanimous decision. Mary Kom is five-time AIBA Women’s World Champion, five-time ASBC Asian Women’s Champion but the gold medal from the Commonwealth Games was still missing from her collection.
India’s second gold medal was acquired by Gaurav Solanki at the flyweight (52kg) where he has done a sensational performance against Northern Ireland’s Rio 2016 Olympian Brendan Irvine. The 20-year-old Indian boxer achieved silver medal at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games which he was able to change to gold among the elite boxers and reached his career highlight in Gold Coast.
India’s two-time Olympian and Asian Games winner Vikas Krishan Yadav impressed in the whole competition and won the title of the men’s middleweight (75kg) following his success over Cameroon’s All Africa Games winner Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue. The AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Indian boxer’s main rival the top favourite of the weight class England’s Benjamin Whittaker failed his quarter-final contest therefore the two giants could not meet in Gold Coast.
India’s top light flyweight (49kg) boxer Amit Panghal lost to England’s Galal Yafai in the final, and their new sensation Manish Kaushik claimed also silver following his narrow defeat to Australia’s Harry Garside in the final of the lightweight (60kg). India’s third silver medal was taken by Satish Kumar who had a big fight against England’s star Frazer Clarke in the final of the super heavyweight (+91kg).
The Sri Lankan team also impressed among the Asian squads and among their six participated boxers three claimed bronze medals. Anusha Dilrukshi Kodituwakku realized her dream with the bronze medal which was the highlight of her long career. Thiwanka Ranasinghe (49kg) and Seneviratne Ishan Bandara (52kg) were amazing in Gold Coast, defeated tough rivals and increased Sri Lanka’s bronze medal collection up to three.
Asian medallists in the Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte, India (women’s 48kg)
Gold medal – Gaurav Solanki, India (men’s 52kg)
Gold medal – Vikas Krishan Yadav, India (men’s 75kg)
Silver medal – Amit Panghal, India (men’s 49kg)
Silver medal – Manish Kaushik, India (men’s 60kg)
Silver medal – Satish Kumar, India (men’s +91kg)
Bronze medal – Anusha Dilrukshi Kodituwakku, Sri Lanka (women’s 48kg)
Bronze medal – Thiwanka Ranasinghe, Sri Lanka (men’s 49kg)
Bronze medal – Seneviratne Ishan Bandara, Sri Lanka (men’s 52kg)
Bronze medal – Mohammed Hussamuddin, India (men’s 56kg)
Bronze medal – Manoj Kumar, India (men’s 69kg)
Bronze medal – Naman Tanwar, India (men’s 91kg)