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World Boxing Championships: Mary Kom wins gold medal, defeats Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota

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Mary Kom defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final of the Women’s World Boxing Championships to clinch the gold medal in the 48kg category and her sixth world title at the K.D. Jadhav Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Mary Kom is now the most successful boxer in the tournament’s history and won the gold exactly 16 years after she had won it for the first time.

“First of all, I would like to thank all my fans. Thank you guys, I don’t have anything to give you. What I can give you is a gold for the country. They came especially for me and the Indian contingent. Today, I was a little bit emotional because for the last few years, I was not able to fight in 48 kg category,” an emotional Mary said after the bout.

Mary, who went over her weight category to clinch a 51kg bronze at the London Olympics, previously clinched the World Championship gold on five occasions — 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 — besides bagging a silver on her debut in 2001.

“I had to jump to other categories. The effort was very challenging for me. Because of your love and support, I hope to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I wasn’t able to qualify for Rio Games. I am still suffering.

“I can easily give a gold in the 48 kg category, but 51 kg, it’s difficult because other boxers may have a height advantage,” Mary added while breaking into tears.

Welcomed by thunderous chants of “Mary Mary” at the jampacked K.D. Jadhav hall, the Indian took the ring with a statistical and psychological advantage over her Ukrainian opponent, whom she recently beat at the Silesian Women’s Open semi-finals in Poland.

Living up to the reputation, Mary started the opening round aggressively and landed a couple of right jabs quite early into the round before taking full control with a right-two punch combination to Hanna.

However, towards the end of the first round, the Ukrainian managed to get a shot on Mary’s face before the Indian wrestled Okhota to the ground. Mary appeared unshakable throughout and ended the round with a few jabs and a right-hand, left-hand combo.

The Indian came back with more aggression in the second round, and started with a powerful hook with her right and then doubled the attack with two quick right jabs to leave her opponent rattled.

A left-handed flick from Okhota pushed Mary backwards but towards the end of the round, the Indian delivered a perfect right hook to inch closer to another gold.

The third and decisive round began with the Manipuri pugilist delivering a right-handed jab, and adding it up with a right-hand, left-hand combo that completely demotivated Okhota.

The 35-year-old pugilist was in dominant form through the World Championship in New Delhi and it was not much of a surprise when she entered the 48kg final with a unanimous 5:0 win over Hyang Mi Kim of North Korea.

Despite the passing years, Mary has only improved her reflexes and the vast experience helps her in analysing her opponents’ game quickly.

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Lokesh Rahul breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s massive record, becomes fastest Indian batsman to 2000 runs in Indian Premier League

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India:Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul on Thursday became the fastest Indian batsman to reach 2000 IPL runs. Rahul achieved the feat in IPL 2020 match No.6 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai.

Rahul, in the process, overtook Sachin Tendulkar, who till today held the record for being the fastest to 2000 IPL runs. Tendulkar, who played all six seasons of IPL for Mumbai Indians, had reached the milestone in 63 innings. Rahul did it in 60 innings.

Gautam Gambhir is the 3rd on the list, who had scored 2000 runs in 68 innings followed by Suresh Raina (69) and Virender Sehwag (70).

Rahul also became the 32nd player to 2000 IPL runs. He is 20th Indian batsman to reach this landmark.

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field in their Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on Thursday.

For KXIP, Jimmy Neesham and Murugan Ashwin came in place of Chris Jordan and Krishnappa Gowtham, while RCB fielded the same XI that played in their tournament opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

He finished on a score of 132, which is the highest in the IPL by an Indian and also the highest by a captain in the IPL.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Shivam Dube, Josh Philippe (wk), Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Kings XI Punjab Playing XI: Lokesh Rahul (c/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi.

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Dominic Theme US Open Men’s Champion; Historic achievement

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New York: Austrian Dominic Thiem wins US Open men’s title. This is the theme’s first Grand Slam title. In the final, he defeated Alexander Swarevan of Germany to win the title. Swarevan was defeated by three sets to two. The theme’s dramatic comeback after losing the first two sets. The score was 2-6,4-6,6-4,6-3,7-6.

With this, the curtain is falling on the Grand Slam fights this time as well. Only the Australian Open took place this year. The French Open, which was supposed to start in the second week of May, was postponed to this month when Wimbledon was abandoned in the wake of the Kovid outbreak around the world.

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