India’s legendary boxer MC Mary Kom defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the 48 kg category final of the Women’s World Boxing Championship on Saturday in New Delhi.
After three rounds, Mary Kom was declared the winner with a unanimous decision, sealing her historic sixth gold medal in the global tournament.
The achievement marks a remarkable victory for Kom, who at the age of 35, clinched a record-breaking sixth world championship gold medal 16 years after she had won her first gold.
Throughout the bouts, Kom displayed a superior performance with a flurry of quick combo-maneuvers and strong right jabs at her Ukranian counterpart.
Earlier, Kom defeated her North Korean opponent Mi Hyang Kim in a unanimous 5-0 decision in the semifinals. After reaching the semifinals on Tuesday, she 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. Kom last won a World Championship medal in 2010 – a 48kg category gold after which the 35-year-old was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor (five gold and a bronze) on the number of medals won.
After the historic victory, ‘Magnificent’ Mary thanked her fans and team for their support.
“I can’t give you anything apart from gold for India”, an emotional Mary Kom said with tears rolling down her eyes. She also recollected the struggle and pain of competing at a higher weight category in the Olympics after her World Record 6th World title.