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27 November, 2018, 07:42 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Mary Kom wins record-breaking sixth gold medal at World Boxing Championships

Creating history in the Women's World Boxing Championship, Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, won her sixth gold in New Delhi on Saturday.

The star boxer, whose life had inspired the movie "Mary Kom" - starring Priyanka Chopra - courted congratulations galore from the actress, as well as celebrated names like Amitabh Bachchan, S.S. Rajamouli and Prosenjit Chatterjee. The 35-year-old Manipuri boxer is a mother of three now.

As far as her previous performances in the championships are concerned, Mary Kom already had a phenomenal record to boast about.

Kom beat Hanna Okhota of Ukraine in an unanimous 5-0 decision in what was the first final of the competition at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall.

Mary Kom had won her maiden gold at the Worlds as far back as 2002.

Having started her boxing career in 2011, Sonia made her first impression at the senior level after winning a gold medal at the Serbia Cup in 2017, and then secured a bronze at the Ahmet Comert tournament in Turkey in 2018.

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"I am still dreaming about winning the gold in 2020", she quipped.

For most part of the bout, Mary showed why she has survived in the sport.

Boxing Federation of India (BFI) president Ajay Singh also said that the world body has given full marks to the organisation and described it as the best championships ever in recent years.

Okhota, who lost to the Indian in Silesian Open in Poland two months ago, looked more prepared in the second round as she employed her quick hands to force Mary Kom on the backfoot. Suffice to say, there is no question that she will be a role model for all time to come. Mary Kom claimed a bronze at the 2012 London Games. Terming the boxer's achievement as a proud moment for Indian sports, Modi said the diligence with which she had pursued sports and excelled at the world stage was extremely inspiring. I was under pressure and had to change my weight category also.

The second round was a wake up call for Mary as Okhota did connect some powerful punches in her combination and continued to come forward in Mary's range to accumulate some points. The only Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.

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