Legendary MC Mary Kom became the first Indian woman boxer to claim a Commonwealth Games gold. In the morning of Gold rush for India, Gaurav Solanki (Boxing), Neeraj Chopra (Javelin Throw) and Sanjeev Rajput (Shooting) bagged honours finishing at the top.
While, Chopra too became first Indian javelin thrower to clinch gold medal at the CWG, shooter Sanjeev Rajput claimed the 50m rifle 3 positions gold medal by creating a Commonwealth Games record in both qualification and final.
Adding to India’s overall medal tally, settling for silver medals were Amit Panghal (49kg) and Manish Kaushik (60kg) after losing closely-contested bouts at the Gold Coast.
The star of the day was Mary Kom — a 35-year-old five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist. She was competing in her debut Commonwealth Games, also perhaps her last, and made it a memorable one with yet another dominating performance to claim a unanimous verdict of 5-0 over Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara in the final.
“I am so glad to have made history again, it is a special feeling to win something that is a milestone medal. I am just so glad,” a beaming Mary Kom said after the victory.
“This medal and each one of my medals is special to me because I have worked equally hard for them. And I will continue to do so till the time my body is fit,” she added.
Also, smashing the records was shooter Sanjeev Rajput, the 37-year-old, who had qualified for the finals with a record-breaking effort, where he scored a total of 1180 (58x) while breaking Olympic medallist Gagan Narang’s existing qualification record of 1166.
Rajput did not have the best of start in the finals as he shot 150.5 during the Kneeling stage and Canada and Jersey were ahead of him. The Navy officer jumped to second place with a staggering 156.3 in prone.
Rajput has previously won a silver in the same event at the 2014 Glasgow Games and was a bronze medal winner in the 2006 edition of the Games held in Melbourne.
(With inputs from PTI)