GOLD COAST, Australia- Christine ‘Mamushka’ Ongare believes a platform for future success has been laid after winning bronze on her Commonwealth Games debut in Gold Coast, Australia.
Ongare is the only ‘Hit Squad’ Kenyan boxer who will return home with silverware after settling for the third medal on Friday morning when the women’s Flyweight (51kg) sensation lost her semifinal bout to Carly McNaul of Northern Ireland.
McNaul completed a unanimous 5-0 victory over Ongare in the fight that was staged at Oxenford Studios with the five judges awarding the Northern Irish boxer 30-27, 30-26, 30-26, 30-26 and 30-26.
McNaul also sent Ongare to the canvas in the second round in completing her dominant victory.
“I think I was tired. I tried my best but everything did not work out as I had planned,” Ongare told SportPesa News.
“But I’m glad that I won a medal for my country in my debut in the tournament.
“I believe this is the start of better things ahead. My other dream is to win a world and an Olympics medal in the future,” the Kentrax Boxing Club pugilist underlined.
Ongare was the only Kenyan fighter still in competition in Gold Coast with 10 of her teammates; including Olympians, Elizabeth Andiego and Benson Gicharu and Africa champion, Nick Okoth, eliminated.
McNaul will meet Lisa Whiteside of England in the final at the venue on Saturday.
Whiteside edged Australian Robertson Taylah 3-2 to book a ticket in the final which is expected to be explosive going by the fitness and skills of both players.
At the same time, the Kenya Lionesses found the going tough as they lost their opening women rugby sevens match 0-45 to well-oiled New Zealand at Robina Stadium.
Things did not get better for the Lionesses in their second pool A game as they went down 12-24 to Canada who had earlier thrashed South Africa 29-0.
It was also another rough day for Kenya in wrestling as Lilian Nthiga was defeated in all her group A matches in women’s 68kg category.
Nthiga was walloped 3-8 (2-4 and 1-4) by Sherin Sultana of Bangladesh in a one-sided contest in the the first match.
Things did not work out in her second contest against Nigeria’s Blessings Oburududu.
The Nigerian won 2-0 in round one before Nthiga threw in the towel in round two.