Nov 24, 2018
Mary Kom created history after she outclassed Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota by a unanimous 5-0 decision in the women’s 48-kilogram light flyweight final of the Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi on Saturday. With this, the 35-year-old Indian boxer from Manipur became the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Mary Kom had previously won the gold medal in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 editions of the Championships. Apart from this, she had also won the silver medal on her debut in 2001. It was Mary’s second meeting with the Ukrainian in three months.
Mary Kom after winning the final bout thanked the fans who turned up to cheer her and the Indian contingent. She said they have been supporting her for last many years.
Mary Kom defeated Hanna in the semi-final of Silesian Boxing Championships in Poland in September.
India has, so far, bagged one gold and two Bronze medals at the ongoing Championships through Mary Kom in the 48-kilogram category, Simranjit Kaur in the 64 kilogram category and Lovlina Borgohain in the 69-kilogram division.
In the women’s 57-kilogram featherweight final, Sonia Chahal is now facing Ornella Gabriele Wahner of Germany. Sonia entered the final after beating Jo Son Hwa of North Korea by unanimous 5-0 decision on Friday.
Congratulating Marry Kom, President Ram Nath Kovind in a tweet said, he hoped that this moment will inspire country’s girls and children.
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has also congratulated Mary Kom.
In a tweet, Mr Rathore said, with this, she has become the first ever female boxer to win six World Championships. He said it is a proud day for all of us.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also congratulated Mary Kom.
In a tweet, Mr Modi said, the diligence with which she has pursued sports and excelled at the world stage is extremely inspiring.
He said, her win is truly special and it is a proud moment for Indian sports.