After clinching her maiden Commonwealth Games medal, five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom says she took the Gold Coast Games as a challenge and has urged other athletes to "flush out" the age factor.
Mary, 35, clinched the gold in Light Flyweight (48kg) category in Gold Coast, defeating Kristina O'Hara of Northern Ireland in the final.
"I never spoke about retirement, these are all rumours. My focus is now solely on that elusive Olympic gold. Whether I win or not is a separate thing but I am working hard to achieve that goal," Mary told IANS putting a lid on all talks of her retirement, reiterating that she will continue boxing till her body allows her.
India had a productive tenure in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in Australia. With 66 medals in the kitty, India have recorded their third best Commonwealth numbers in terms of medals. Back in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in Delhi, Indian athletes brought home a whopping 101 medals with the shooting contingent topping the charts with 14 golds. Their second best tally was in the 2002 Commonwealth Games when the athletes notched 69 medals.
So while some athletes were assured of Gold - like Sushil Kumar, Jitu Rai and Tejaswini Sawant - some athletes really stood up when it mattered the most. That being said, here we take a look at those Indian contenders who rose above expectations and brought laurels to the nation.
She started shooting as a hobby at the age of 16, never realising that this is what will end up becoming her life. Meet Heena Sidhu, India’s star shooter, who along with winning several laurels in the past, shot two medals – a gold in 25m sport pistol event and a silver in 10m air pistol event – at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The 28-year-old shooter hits it on target not only with her gun but with her style too. Yes, we want to introduce you to the other side of Heena, one of the best dressed and most stylish sports icon of the country, who defines the generation next. Let’s have a look.
Wrestler Sakshi Malik, who became a household name in India after winning bronze at Rio Olympics, tied the knot with the love of her life, wrestler Satyawart Kadian on April 2 last year. The two met during wrestling tournaments and fell in love with each other. As the duo completed a year of their married life, Sakshi took to social media to express her emotions for Satyawart.
With the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, it is high time we talk about some dazzling moments of the tournament. That being said, let's talk about the 16th edition of the tournament hosted in the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. This was the first time when Commonwealth Games were organized in an Asian country and this was the only time Cricket was played in the Commonwealth Games.
Also, this was the first edition of the games which included team sports like Cricket, field hockey, netball and others. Talking about Cricket, in particular, 16 teams participated in the event and were divided into four (A, B, C, D) groups. Things to be noted was the fact that the Caribbean islands went into the tournament as separate nations, not as a West Indies team. South Africa and Australia battled for the gold medal and it were the former who emerged champions.