Mary Kom wins gold medal in boxing at Commonwealth Games

Mary Kom is back on the international stage in boxing. The mother of three and now politician in India made a successful return to the ring at a major multi-sports event on Saturday. She beat Kristina O'Hara of Northern Ireland in a 5-0 unanimous decision in the gold medal match in the 45-48 kilogram division at the Commonwealth Games.

Kom, 35, is a former five-time world amateur champion who won a bronze medal in the 51-kilogram division at the London Olympics in 2012, but failed to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.

She competed in the Asian championships last November in the first stage of a comeback and won gold.

"Even my sports minister came to cheer me on, my country will be very proud," said Kom, who is a member of Upper House in India's Parliament.

She said she may give the Olympics another attempt — "if I am fit enough, I will go for Tokyo 2020."

"My dreams are not fulfilled yet because (no) Olympic gold medal," she said. "So if my body allows, I will go."

O'Hara said she was "quite proud" of her performance.

"But at the end of the day she (Kom) is a well-known boxer, a credit to her country, so the greatest of respect to her," O'Hara said.

Elsewhere around the games Saturday:

BIG UPSET IN FIELD HOCKEY

New Zealand clinched the women's field hockey gold medal with an upset 4-1 win over Australia, while England beat India 6-0 for bronze. Australia had won gold at four of the last five Commonwealth Games since Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

New Zealand led 3-0 before the Australians scored with 12 minutes left. Australia pulled its goalkeeper with eight minutes left, but the New Zealanders clinched the match when they scored from a penalty corner with four minutes on the clock.

Australia will attempt to win its sixth consecutive gold in men's field hockey when it plays New Zealand on Saturday evening.

AUSSIES RULE IN ROAD CYCLING

On Saturday morning, Australian cyclist Chloe Hosking hung on during a wild sprint finish with four other competitors to win the gold medal in the women's road race. Hosking held off several challenges over the past 200 meters from eventual silver medal winner Georgia Williams of New Zealand and Wales rider Danielle Rowe, who took bronze.

Those podium finishers, along with fourth-place Sharlotte Lucas of New Zealand and fifth-place Sarah Roy of Australia, were all given the same time of 3 hours, 2 minutes, 18 seconds for the 112.2-kilometer race on a loop course on the Currumbin beachfront.

"It was just pure relief, it's so special to have won on home soil," Hosking said. "Lots of people say road cycling at the Commonwealth Games is not a big deal, but you know what? I'm Commonwealth champion ..."

She received plenty of tactical help during the race from her five fellow Australians.

"I wish all of the girls could have 'Commonwealth Games winner' on their CV," Hosking said. "I really couldn't have won without them."

Steele Von Hoff made it in Australian double by winning the 168.3 kilometer men's race in 3:57.01. Jonathan Mould of Wales took silver and South Africa's Clint Hendricks took the bronze, all in the same time.

AUSTRALIA, CANADA IN MEN'S HOOPS FINAL

In a men's basketball semifinal, Canada beat New Zealand 88-86 on Mamadou Gueye's last-second three-pointer. New Zealand outscored Canada 28-13 in the fourth quarter and nearly overcame a 21-point deficit.

In Sunday's gold medal final, Canada will play Australia, which earlier beat Scotland 103-46.

Australia, led by Dallas WNBA center Liz Cambage, plays England in the women's gold medal basketball final on Saturday night. New Zealand will play Canada for the bronze medal.

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