MC Mary Kom wins record sixth gold medal at World Boxing Championship

MC Mary Kom wins record sixth gold medal at World Boxing Championship

MC Mary Kom wins record sixth gold medal at World Boxing Championship

The 35 year-old beat Ukraine's Hanna Okhota 5-0 in the final of the 48kg category contest in front of an electric home crowd in New Delhi.

Indian boxing legend MC Mary Kom wins record sixth gold medal at World Boxing Championship.

"#MaryKom you rule! First woman boxer to win 6 world championships", tweeted Ayushmann Khurrana.

Addressing media Mary Kom said "Today I am feeling a little bit emotional since I have been feeling there is no category in the Olympic Games". Amidst the exchange of blows, Hanna displayed some gamesmanship and invited the Indian to land more shots. Because of your love and support, I hope to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Asked to compare the win here with earlier gold medals, the Manipuri said it was hard to remember.

Among the many was Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who shared a picture of a pair of boxing gloves which he got as a gift from Mary Kom herself. After a gap of twelve years, the national capital hosted the event, but this time the medal tally remained low with four medals - one gold, one silver, two bronze. They came especially for me and the Indian contingent - to cheer for us.


India could have had another world champion in New Delhi but Sonia Chahal had to settle for a silver after she lost her final bout of the 57kg weight category to Gabriele Wahner of Germany. She also has five gold and a silver medal in the Asian Championships.

In a hard-fought duel between two southpaws, Mary showcased her handsome assortment of right jabs and well-rehearsed combinations to seize initiative. The crowd went berserk and when the result was announced, the noise reached its crescendo, and Mary Kom bowed to acknowledge.

Before this World Championships, Mary Kom was tied with Ireland's Katie Taylor (five gold and a bronze) on the number of medals won by a woman. No other woman boxer has won more than five gold medals.

The 22-year-old Ukrainian showed great confidence against the six-time world medallist, including some provoking in the final few seconds, but none had any affect on Mary.

"I did my best but it was not enough".

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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