Mary Kom wins record-breaking sixth gold medal at World Boxing Championships
27 November, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Delia Walker
Boxing legend MC Mary Kom added yet another feather to her already illustrious cap by winning the gold medal at the World Championships in New Delhi on Saturday. Image sourceThe emphatic moment also marks Mary Kom as the most successful boxer in the history of the colossal event. Her opponent was just 3 years old when Mary won her first championship. 6 times Gold medalist World Championship!
Mary Kom has now won gold at the World Championships in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010, besides a silver in 2001.
But the latest, and perhaps her most stunning, was won by beating Ukraine's Hanna Okhota in the final of 48kg weight category in New Delhi.
Mary had last won a gold at the World Championships eight years ago in in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, "I ever value your BOXING GLOVES that you gifted me! they are MY gold medals".
"I am still dreaming about winning the gold in 2020", she quipped.
Mary Kom creates history after winning Sixth World Championship Title 2018
Mother of three, Mary Kom is still not planning on slowing down anytime soon.
With this, "Magnificent Mary" also matched Cuban legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful pugilist (men and women) in the Championships history.
At the jam-packed stadium, emotions flowed as Mary exited the ring with teary eyes after her bout but the luck evaded Sonia Chahal as she went down fighting in the featherweight final with a split decision (1:4) to Germany's Ornella Gabriele Wahner. "I am still suffering from that", she said.
"I want to thank the fans who turned up today to cheer me and the Indian contingent", Kom said.
However, the Indian champion came back strongly and displayed her best effort of the day, a powerful hook in the second that shattered Okhota's gameplan to lower her guard and lure the Indian to attack. The 35-year-old boxer from Manipur couldn't hold back her tears when she thanked the home crowd for vast support."I want to thank the fans who turned up today to cheer me and the Indian contingent". Then Mary managed to land some punches on her opponent. The only Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.
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