Mary Kom, Anusha Kodituwakku not content with bronze

2018 Commonwealth Games



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Semi finalists of the 45-48kg weight class India’s Mary Kom and Sri Lanka’s Anusha Koddithuwakku have both pledged that they were not ready to settle for bronze after the duo entered the last four stage of the boxing competition of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.


Kom, a five time amateur world champion and Koddithuwakku are both guaranteed of a medal after their victories in the quarter-finals. Even if they lose their semi-final they are sure of a bronze.


Mary Kom was quoted by AFP as having said that "this will be my first Commonwealth Games medal and I am happy to achieve that. But gold is what I’m after."


According to Sri Lanka’s officials Koddithuwakku too has expressed similar sentiments. "This is a very proud moment for me. All the hard work I have put in over the last few months have paid off and I’m happy to be the first female boxer to win a medal at these Games for Sri Lanka,"


"I will now go for gold. It is possible but it will not be easy against Mary Kom. I have not met her since the last SAF Games in 2016 when we met in the gold medal final. I hope I can change that result," Anusha was quoted as having said.


Anusha beat Brandy Barnes of the Cayman Islands in her last fight to earn the semi-final place.


Mary Kom, the 35-year-old, a household name in India and the subject of a Bollywood film in 2014, thrashed Scotland’s Megan Gordon 5-0 to surge into Wednesday’s semi-finals.


Kom, a five-time amateur world champion who suffered heartbreak when she failed to gain a wildcard for the Rio 2016 Olympics, said she hopes to inspire a generation of Indian women boxers.


"I am 35 years old with three children and they don’t like boxing, but I motivate all young girls to be fit and train in boxing," she said.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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