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Mary Kom secures historic sixth world boxing gold and Twitter goes berserk

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Siddharth Vishwanathan | Updated on: 25 Nov 2018, 12:32:00 AM
Mary Kom created history by winning the women's world boxing championship for a record sixth time. (Image credit: Twitter)

New Delhi:

Mary Kom showed why she is the legend in boxing as she defeated Ukraine's Hanna Okhota 5-0 to clinch the Women's World Boxing Championship in New Delhi on Saturday and secure an unprecedented sixth gold medal, making her the most successful athlete in women's boxing in history. The 35-year-old boxer from Manipur had secured the gold medal the last time it was held in New Delhi in 2006 and she shattered history to become the all-time leading gold medal winner in the World Boxing Championship. With this win, Mary Kom became the only female boxer in history to win six gold medals in the World Boxing Championship. When one looks at both men and women's boxing, Mary Kom has drawn level with Cuban boxer Felix Savon.

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A visibly emotional Mary Kom thanked all her fans and friends from making the dream successful. “"Winning the 2012 bronze medal was magnificent, but I would love to win a gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," Mary Kom said. The success of Mary Kom drew wild celebrations across India and social media went berserk, with politicians, actors and cricketers all congratulating the efforts of Mary Kom.

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In addition to the Women’s World Boxing Championship, Mary Kom is the only Indian boxer to win gold medals in both Asian and Commonwealth Games. However, in the 2012 London Olympics, she won bronze that too in dramatic circumstances.

Before the start of the tournament, Mary Kom had reflected upon her journey from the beginning. “About five-six years ago, we were suffering in different ways in terms of facilities, travelling-wise and problems related to infrastructure. Today, all needs are taken care off immediately. No need to worry about support and facilities now. The younger generation is far better off than us as they have little worries,” Mary Kom said.

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First Published : 24 Nov 2018, 06:13:47 PM