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A joy and honour holding my national flag: Mary Kom on being India’s flag-bearer at CWG 2018 closing ceremony
Indian contingent bid adieu to Gold Coast with the closing ceremony which was held on Sunday. Ace Indian boxer Mary Kom, who clinched her maiden gold medal after beating Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in the light flyweight (48kg) final on Saturday, was also India’s flag-bearer at the ceremony. The Olympic bronze-medallist posted an emotional message after leading the Indian contingent.

  

As the 21st Commonwealth Games came to an end on Sunday, Indian contingent participated in the closing ceremony with their heads held high after a stupendous show at the quadrennial extravaganza. Throughout the course of action during the 11 days, Indian athletes were determined to put their best effort. And all the hard work finally paid off as India returned with 66 medals – their second-best finish at the Games after 2010 Commonwealth Games, where they won 101 medals while hosting the event in Delhi.

Indian contingent bid adieu to Gold Coast with the closing ceremony which was held on Sunday. Ace Indian boxer Mary Kom, who clinched her maiden gold medal after beating Northern Ireland's Kristina O'Hara in the light flyweight (48kg) final on Saturday, was also India’s flag-bearer at the ceremony. The Olympic bronze-medallist posted an emotional message after leading the Indian contingent. “XX1 Commonwealth Games Mission Accomplish #GC2018Boxing “. My salute to all the participants. No success without hard work, dedication, discipline...A joy and honour of holding my National flag,” the five-time Amateur World Champion tweeted.

Soon after she was given the honour to lead Indian contingent at the closing ceremony, Mary Kom said, "This is the first time I will be India's flag-bearer in an event like this. I don't know if I deserve it but I am certainly very proud of it." While the ace boxer led Indian contingent in the closing ceremony, it was Olympic Silver medallist PV Sindhu who did the honours during the opening ceremony. Indian boxers returned with a total of nine medals from Gold Coast.

Along with Mary, Gaurav Solanki (52kg) and Vikas Krishan (75kg) also clinched gold medals while Amit Panghal (49kg), Manish Kaushik (60kg) and Satish Kumar (Men's +91kg) had to settle for Silver. Hussamuddin Mohammed (Men's 56kg), Manoj Kumar (Men's 69kg) and Naman Tanwar (Men's 91kg) ended up winning Bronze medals in their respective categories.
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