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Mary Kom to be closing ceremony flag-bearer
Saurabh Duggal, Hindustan Times
London, August 12, 2012
First Published: 00:24 IST(12/8/2012)
Last Updated: 01:51 IST(12/8/2012)
Mary Kom is embraced by Nicola Adams following their women's Flyweight boxing semi-final match of the 2012 London Olympic Games. AFP/Jack Guez

Mary Kom, who created history by becoming the first Indian woman boxer to win a bronze at the Olympics, will be India’s flag bearer at the closing ceremony on Sunday.

Winner of five world championships, Mary Kom, is the only one of the eight-member Indian boxing squad to win a medal here. She was the lone Indian woman boxer to make it to London on its debut at the Games.

“Mary Kom did the country proud by winning a medal at the world highest sporting arena and thus was the best and most appropriate choice of flag bearer for the closing ceremony,” said an IOA official. In Beijing 2008, boxer Vijender Singh, who had won bronze, was the closing ceremony flag bearer.

The other Indian medalists at the London Games, Vijay Kumar (silver), Gagan Narang (bronze) and Saina Nehwal (bronze) went back home after their events. In the opening ceremony, Sushil Kumar had led the contingent.

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England 58 59 57 174
Australia 49 42 46 137
Canada 32 16 34 82
Scotland 19 15 19 53
India 15 30 19 64
New Zealand 14 14 17 45
South Africa 13 10 17 40
Nigeria 11 11 14 36
Kenya 10 10 5 25
Jamaica 10 4 8 22
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