Mary Kom first woman boxer to win 6 gold medals

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

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

Living legend Mary Kom on Saturday further cemented her legacy as the greatest boxers of all time when she conquered the Women's World Championship at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.

In a sheer display of dominance, the 35-year-old woman outclassed Ukrainian opponent Hanna Okhota in the women's 48 kg light flyweight final. With the exception of a few Ukrainian fans, a packed crowd was waiting with bated breath for the veteran boxer to claim a record sixth World title and the 35-year old did not disappoint.

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.

However, Sonia Chahal (57kg), the other Indian boxer in the finals, lost 4-1 to former World youth champion Ornelia Wahner of Germany to be satisfied with a silver medal.

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Mary had last won a gold at the World Championships eight years ago in in Bridgetown, Barbados. "Getting a gold in Tokyo will not be easy but I will try my best", said Mary Kom who was adjudged the best boxer of the championships. "There was pressure on me and I don't know how to put this gold alongside the earlier five", she added. She has now won six of India's total tally of nine golds at the Worlds. That experience has given me a lot of confidence.

For most part of the bout, Mary showed why she has survived in the sport. "I will need to change my weight category, and as a result, the training and diet will also completely change", she said. The first round clearly belonged to Mary Kom and all the judges gave points in her favour. Some of the her combinations caught Sonia off guard.

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.

"I have learnt a lot from this tournament and I will try to improve my strength".

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