Mary Kom Decimates Australia's April Franks to Win Gold at President's Cup
Mary Kom won the gold medal in 51kg category by defeating Australian April Franks 5-0 at the 23rd President's Cup.
File photo of Mary Kom.
Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom claimed the gold medal without breaking a sweat in the 23rd President's Cup, asserting her supremacy in a lop-sided 51kg bout final in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia on Sunday.
The Olympic bronze medallist pugilist decimated Australian April Franks 5-0.
The 36-year-old Indian had also won a gold medal at the India Open boxing tournament in May, but skipped the Asian Championships as part of a larger plan to enhance her chances of Olympic qualification. The Asian Championship was held in Thailand in May.
Fresh from winning the gold at the India Open two months ago, Mary Kom participated in this prestigious tournament with the aim of testing herself and getting some much-needed bouts under the belt ahead of the World Championships.
Mary Kom, who claimed her sixth world title last year in Delhi, will now be looking to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 2019 World Boxing Championships for women will be held from September 7 to 21.
Mary Kom took to Twitter to post a video of herself on the podium as the national anthem played during the medal ceremony. She added, "Winning means you're willing to go longer,work harder and give more effort than anyone else."
Gold medal for me and for my country at #PresidentCup Indonesia. Winning means you're willing to go longer,work harder & give more effort than anyone else. I sincerely thanks to all my Coaches and support staffs of @BFI_official @KirenRijiju @Media_SAI pic.twitter.com/R9qxWVgw81— Mary Kom (@MangteC) July 28, 2019
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju congratulated Mary Kom on her victory.
(With PTI inputs)
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