Ace Indian pugilist MC Mary Kom scripted history by clinching a historic sixth gold medal at the Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi on Saturday.
The ace Manipuri boxer defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the final of the 48-kg light flyweight event. She won by a unanimous 5-0 decision and the gold today (Nov 24) is her second world championships title at home.
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The gold also puts her at par with Cuban legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful boxer ever (both men and women) in the history of the World Boxing Championships to have won six gold medals.
Mary Kom, bronze medalist at the London Olympics 2012, surpassed Katie Taylor of Ireland who had won five World Championships titles.
“I would like to dedicate this victory to my country. The gold is all I can give to my country,” an emotional Mary Kom, also a Rajya Sabha MP and a mother of three, said after winning her sixth gold.
She had won her first world championships gold in 2002 and repeated it again in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018. In the 2001 edition, she lost the final and had to settle for a silver.