Boxer Vikas Krishna continues India’s love affair for winning gold on Day 11 of Commonwealth Games 2018. The 26-year-old clinched gold medal defeating Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue of Cameronn in Men's 75 kg Boxing Final Bout at Oxenford Studios. This is India’s 25th gold medal in Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and 57 overall in the medal tally that includes 14 silver and 18 bronze. India remains in the third place of GC 2018 medal table and team standings behind Australia and England but way above fourth-placed Canada and fifth-ranked South Africa.
Krishna won the second gold medal on Saturday after the day was kicked off on a positive note by MC Mary Kom winning the top reward in women’s 45-49 kg category. Vikas who had booked his place in the final bout after defeating Steven Donnelly of Northern Ireland in the semi-finals looked all kicked up for the gold medal match. He defeated Dieudonne by 5:0, earning points from all judges in his favour.
Apart from MC Mary Kom and Vikas Krishan, boxer Gaurav Solanki also won a gold medal in Men's 52kg event. Overall Indian boxing unit has won a total of eight medals including three gold, two silver and three bronze. In terms of contributing to the overall medal count of India in Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Indian boxing is fourth behind Shooting (15), Wrestling (10) and Weightlifting (9). However, weightlifters have earned more gold medals compared to wrestlers.
Meanwhile, India also had a historic day in athletics and table tennis events. 20-year-old Neeraj Chopra bagged gold medal in Men’s Javelin Throw event, thus becoming the first player to win an athletics medal in Commonwealth Games. Paddler Manika Batra, 24, also scripted history by winning gold medal in women’s singles table tennis finals. Way to go, India.