Indian boxing ace Mary Kom registered history after she clinched her six world championship gold in New Delhi on Saturday. Following her victory, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media to laud her for the achievement.
“A proud moment for Indian sports. Congratulations to Mary Kom for winning a Gold in the Women’s World Boxing Championships. The diligence with which she’s pursued sports and excelled at the world stage is extremely inspiring. Her win is truly special”, the Prime Minister wrote on his official Twitter handle.
MC Mary Kom defeated her Ukrainian counterpart Hanna Okhota in the 48 kg-category final event of the 2018 Women’s World Boxing Championship.
After three rounds, Mary Kom was declared the winner under a unanimous decision, sealing her historic sixth gold medal in the World boxing championship tournament.
The achievement marks a remarkable one for Mary Kom, who at the age of 35 clinched her sixth world championship gold medal 16 years after she had won her first gold.
After her victory, Kom extended her gratitude, “I have fulfilled my duty. I thank my coaches, support staffs @BFI_official @IndiaSports @Media_SAI for all the supports and beloved in me”, she tweeted.
Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also congratulated the Kom, “CONGRATS to Mary Kom for the GOLD in Women’s World Boxing Championships in 48 kg category!”, He tweeted.
Earlier, Mary Kom outclassed her North Korean opponent Mi Hyang Kim in a unanimous 5-0 decision in the semifinals. After reaching the semifinals on Tuesday, Mary Kom had already become the most successful woman pugilist in the event’s history.
The Manipur-based athlete now holds a remarkable tally of six gold medals and a silver.