Mary Kom wins historic sixth World Championships gold

New Delhi, Nov 24 : M C Mary Kom Saturday became the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships by winning her sixth gold medal with an unanimous 5-0 result over Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota here, reported PTI.

The 35-year-old Mary Kom beat her opponent in the 48kg category without breaking a sweat. She now has an incredible six gold and one silver in the tournament, the report said.

According to the report, with this gold, ‘Magnificent Mary’ also matched Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful pugilist (men and women) in the World Championships history. The last time she won the top prize in the showpiece was in 2010, in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Before this World Championships, Mary Kom was tied with Ireland’s Katie Taylor (five gold and a bronze) on the number of medals won by a woman. Taylor now plies her trade in the professional circuit, the report said .

The feisty Manipuri, a mother of three, won a silver in the inaugural edition in 2001 and then went on to win a gold each in the next five consecutive editions — 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010, the report added.

Savon, who also won three Olympic gold medals during his illustrious career, won six gold and one silver in heavyweight in the World Championships between 1986 and 1989.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated M C Mary Kom for winning a record sixth gold medal in the Women’s World Championships on Saturday.

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. “Her win is truly special,” he tweeted.

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