Mary Kom wins record-breaking sixth gold medal at World Boxing Championships

Hope Soto
November 25, 2018

Thanks to this win, she became the most successful boxer in the history of the tournament as she surpassed Katie Taylor's tally of five gold medals and at present, she is tied with men's six-time world champion Felix Savon of Cuba.

All the nervous energy and pent-up emotions came out in a stream of tears as soon as the ring announcer declared Mary as the victor of the 48kg bout over Ukraine's Hanna Okhota with a unanimous 5-0 verdict.

India's Mary Kom celebrates her sixth World Championships gold medal on Saturday.

Boxing Federation of India President Ajay Singh, who was sitting beside Mary Kom, said that world body AIBA has described this championships as the best ever.

The 35-year-old, who is a mother of three children, had previously won gold medals in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010 editions of the World Championships.

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With the entire stadium chanting her name, Mary Kom was unable to stop her tears and at the post-match interview, she made it clear that the bronze medal she won in the 2012 London Olympics remains special to her, but the next goal is to win gold in the 2020 Games. In the previous edition, India had managed just one silver medal. "I dedicate my Gold to my nation", she said.

The last time she won the top prize in the showpiece was in 2010, in Bridgetown, Barbados.

A sportswoman beyond compare, Mary Kom received a deafening ovation from the jam-packed Indira Gandhi Stadium at New Delhi as she walked out for her historic contest. "They have been supporting me for last many years", Mary thanked the home crowd after winning the final bout. "I am still dreaming about going to dream about winning the gold in 2020".

The third round was dominated by Mary as she landed some telling blows on Okhota - a right-handed jab, left-hand combination which rattled the Ukrainian. Amidst the exchange of blows, Hanna displayed some gamesmanship and invited the Indian to land more shots. The girl, who had lost a one-sided bout to Mary earlier this year in Poland, tried her best to go toe-to-toe with her much experienced counterpart. "I want to dedicate the medal to all the people behind my hard-work". This was her first worlds medal.

Taking on Hannah Okata of Ukraine in the final on Sunday, Mary Kom out-boxed and out-jabbed her opponent as she was declared the victor of the final after three rounds by a unanimous 5-0 decision from the judges.

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