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Asian Games, Day 12 : Mary's gold, Tintu's silver keep India at 11th spot
Source: The Sangai Express / Press Trust of India

Incheon, October 01 2014: M C Mary Kom on Wednesday became the first Indian woman boxer to clinch a gold medal in the Asian Games as India added three more medals to maintain their 10th position in the overall standings on the 12th day of competitions.

While the seasoned Mary Kom grabbed the limelight with a spectacular performance in the ring, middle-distance runner Tintu Luka fetched a silver and the women's hockey team earned a bronze on a relatively quiet day for the Indians.

Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist Mary Kom was the undisputed star of the day as she beat Kazakhstan's Zhaina Shekerbekova 2-0 to improve on the bronze medal she won in the previous edition of the Games, where women boxers made their debut.



Asian Games, Day 12 : Mary's gold, Tintu's silver keep India at 11th spot
Asian Games, Day 12 : Mary's gold, Tintu's silver keep India at 11th spot


Luka clocked her season's best to win a silver in the 800m race, while the women's hockey team defeated Japan 2-1 in the play-off.

With three more medals, India hung on to the 10th spot in the standings, their tally at 49 (seven gold, nine silver and 33 bronze).

China continued to rule the roost with a haul of 285 medals, followed by Korea (183) and Japan (154) .

Mary Kom, christened 'Magnificent Mary' by the International Boxing Association, trailed her rival in the battle of two left-handed boxers in the first round with three ringside judges being swayed towards her rival's way at the Seonhak boxing gymnasium.

But an undeterred Mary stormed her way back by edging past her rival in round two and then dominated the Kazakh in the last two rounds after one of the judge's score tied the two at 38-38 .

After the close first two rounds, Mary started landing good blows on her rival's face and even body.

A solid right hook followed by a left in the third shook the Kazakh pugilist.

She got a unanimous verdict in the third round and kept her aggressive intent in the fourth to earn the verdict and the coveted gold.

It was the third women's medal for India from the ring, after the bronze medals won by L Sarita Devi (women's light weight) and Pooja Rani (women's middle weight) .

In athletics, Luka clocked 1:59.19s to better the bronze medal she had won in this event in the previous edition of the Games in Guangzhou.

The gold was won by Kazakhstan's Mukasheva Margarita, who broke the two-decade-old Games record of 1:59.85s with a timing of 1:59.02s.The other Indian in fray, Sushma Devi ended fourth with a personal best timing of 2:01.92 .

India did not have the best of outings in the taekwondo competitions with Aarti Khakal and Rajan Pandia Anand crashing out in their respective events.

While Aarti lost 8-15 to Ganiya Alzak of Kazakhstan in the round of 32 encounter of women's 57kg category, Anand was shown the door by Yonghyun Park of Korea 1-7 in the round of 16 of the men's 80kg category at the Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium.

The Indian women's basketball team finished sixth after losing the 5th-6th position classification match to Kazakhstan 47-68 at the 17th Asian Games here today.

Up against an inform opposition, the Indians had no answer to Kazakhstan, who led from start to finish at the Hwaseong Sports Complex Gymnasium.

It turned out to be a disappointing outing for the Indians in canoeing and kayaking competitions as none of them could impress.

Ganeshvri Dhurwe and Champa Mourya finished fifth and seventh in kayak single women repechage 1 at the Hanam Misari Canoe/Kayak Center.

Ganeshvri clocked one minute and 28.03 seconds while Champa timed 29.39 seconds to bow out of the event.

In volleyball, India fought hard before bowing out in the quarterfinals of the men's competition after losing 2-3 against fancied Japan.

The Indian women's sepaktakraw team finished at the bottom of Regu competition's Group A after losing its last preliminary match to China here today.

The Indian team went down 9-21 7-21 in 26 minutes to bow out of the competition without managing to secure a single win.


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