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Gold Coast, Apr 14 (PTI) The legend of M C Mary Kom (48kg) grew larger as she added the Commonwealth Games gold to her packed medal cabinet, thrashing Northern Irelands Kristina OHara in the final here today.

Except the last few punches that she received, Mary Kom remained on top throughout to get the yellow metal.

India will be going back with nine boxing medals from the current edition, two more than their previous best at the 2010 Delhi Games.

The Indian lost the bout with decisions of 28-28, 27-29, 26-30, 26-30 and 27-29 from the five judges. The second round was more of an equal competition, with O'Hara trying to showcase good defence and composure despite being far lesser experienced than Mary, in what was the biggest bout of her life. Right from the start, Indian paddlers never looked in the contention as Manika and Mouma failed to match the skill and tenacity of the their opponents.

Nieva gave a fair assessment of all the medallists, including gold winners Vikas Krishan, Gaurav Solanki and Mary Kom.

A graphic designer by trade, the 31-year-old became just the second Australian woman to win Commonwealth boxing gold following Shelley Watts' golden run in Glasgow four years ago.

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Australia's retiring captain Mark Knowles bowed out a victor after the Kookaburras won their sixth straight Commonwealth Game title by beating New Zealand 2-0 to win the men's title at the Commonwealth Games.

Still, the Commonwealth Games gold medal remains an elusive prize for the Hanover native.

Boxer Gaurav Solanki won gold medal in the men's flyweight (52 kilogram) category. She eventually defeated Tayla Ford of New Zeland to win a bronze medal.

But despite some Indian pressure it was Ward who scored a 42nd minute with a very clever reaction finish after his initial effort was blocked from a corner to win the game and a third Commonwealth medal in the men's team's history, following bronzes in both 1998 and 2014. He subsequently moved up two weight divisions to the welterweight (69kg) winning a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2011.

Stridsman registered a 5-0 victory over England's Paige Murney before Garside beat India's Manish Kaushik 3-2.

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