Gold Coast: Veteran Indian star MC Mary Kom defeated Anusha Dilruksh of Sri Lanka to enter the final of the women's 48-kilogram category at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast on Wednesday.
Mary's experience and superior technique stood her in good stead as she carved out a unanimous 5:0 verdict against the veteran Sri Lankan fighter.
#MaryKom through to the Finals! #TeamIndia going good for Gold..@MangteC won her Semi Final bout against #AnushaDilrukshi of #TeamSriLanka to make it to the Finals of the Women's 45-48kg #GC2018Boxing category! #AllTheBest pic.twitter.com/cm1J2ggL0L
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The 39-year-old Anusha gave a good account of herself against the five-time world champion Indian before falling short in the end.
Both boxers were a bit cautious in the opening round, trying to gauge each other although Mary managed to land several punches.
Although the Lankan had the height and reach advantage, Mary used a low guard and used her reflexes and feet movement to take the advantage.
Both boxers were equally matched in the second round before the tempo picked up in the third as Mary picked up the points with a steady barrage of punches.
Earlier, Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitherval finished third to settle for a bronze medal in men's 50m Pistol event at the 21st Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast.
Om registered a score of 201.1 in the final. Daniel Repacholi of Australia took the gold with a new CWG record of 227.2. Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh took silver with 220.5.
Defending champion Jitu Rai, the other Indian in the fray, had a disappointing outing.
The reigning Asian Games champion registered a decidedly below par 105 to finish at the bottom of the eight-man final.
With this victory, India now has a total of 22 medals (11. 4, 7).