Shelley Watts makes Commonwealth Games boxing history


SHELLEY Watts ensured she would receive a hero's welcome home in the New South Wales mid north coast town of Laurieton by winning Australia's first women's Commonwealth Games boxing medal in Glasgow.

The 26-year-old (pictured), who took up the sport four years ago to help recuperate from a knee reconstruction, scored a unanimous points win against India's Laishram Devi in the final of the lightweight division.

Her victory was one of two for Australia on the final day of boxing, with Andrew Moloney taking out the men's flyweight division.

Other gold medals came in the women's pole vault where Alana Boyd defended her title from Delhi four years ago, and at the diving where Esther Qin took out the women's springboard.

The fifth Aussie gold medal on day 10 came at the hockey where the Hockeyroos needed a penalty shoot out to beat England 3-1 after the scores had been locked at 1-1 at the end of normal time.

Jodie Kenny scored the equaliser for Australia with just 14 seconds on the clock.

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