Living up to all the hype and expectation generated around her, MC Mary Kom punched her way to a record sixth Women’s World Boxing Championship gold medal on Saturday.
Mary Kom won the historic gold medal in the 48kg category after defeating Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota by a 5-0 verdict in the final of the championship at the K.D. Jadhav Indoor Stadium, Delhi.
CONGRATS to @MangteC for the GOLD in Women's World Boxing Championships in 48 kg category!
With this, she hs become the FIRST EVER female boxer to win 6 World Championships!
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) November 24, 2018
First of all, I would like to thank all my fans. Thank you guys, I don’t have anything to give you. What I can give you is a gold for the country. They came especially for me and the Indian contingent. Today, I was a little bit emotional because for the last few years, I was not able to fight in 48 kg category.
With this sixth gold medal, Mary Kom has becomes the most successful woman boxer in the tournament’s history.
She had bagged five gold medals in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. She has also won a silver medal at the world championship.
Before the New Delhi meet, the Manipuri boxing champion was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor on the number of World Championship medals won at six each. Taylor had won five gold medals and a bronze medal before she turned professional.
Apart from this, Mary Kom went over her weight category to clinch a 51 kg bronze at the London Olympics and had also won a silver medal on her debut in 2001.
— Mary Kom (@MangteC) November 24, 2018
From Quarter Finals To Creating History
MC Mary Kom qualified in the semi-final after outclassing North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi on Thursday evening. The 35-year-old Manipuri beat her opponent by a 5-0 verdict.
Earlier, on 20 November, she had stormed into the semi-finals of the light flyweight 48kg category defeating China’s Wu Yu 5-0, assuring herself of at least a bronze medal.
Plans For 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Mary Kom talked about her future plans after claiming the gold medal. She said that though she was unable to qualify for the Rio Games, she dreams of making it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.