Australian boxer Taylah Robertson becomes first Commonwealth Games medallist without a fight

The 19-year-old has got what is called the lucky medal due to the small size of her draw in the women's 51kg category .

Published: 04th April 2018 05:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2018 04:29 PM   |  A+A-

Australian boxer Taylah Robertson | Twitter Image


GOLD COAST: Australian boxer Taylah Robertson has become the first medallist of the 21st Commonwealth Games without even stepping into the ring after she got a bye straight into the 51kg category women's semifinals.

The 19-year-old has got what is called the lucky medal due to the small size of her draw, luck that eluded Indians, including the celebrated MC Mary Kom (48kg), who will fight her quarterfinal contest on April 8.

Robertson said she wouldn't stop just at a bronze in what is her debut appearance at the Games. India have not fielded any boxer in the 51kg category for women boxers.

"I want the gold medal and I am not going into the ring here to win bronze," said Robertson.

"It's nice to have a medal but I want gold - and with all the training I've done, I want to earn it. I am not worried about who I meet in the semifinal, I am ready," she added.

Robertson's semifinal is scheduled for April 13, while the boxing competition will get underway at the Oxenford Studios tomorrow.

India will just have 2010 CWG gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (69kg) in action tomorrow.


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