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Mary Kom Scripts History, Wins Sixth Gold at World Championships

The 35-year-old Kom beat Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota by a unanimous 5:0 decision.

MC Mary Kom became the most successful boxer in the history of World Championships by winning her sixth gold medal at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, on Saturday, November 24. Kom defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota by a unanimous 5:0 decision.

Speaking after her win, Kom said, “First of all, I would like to thank all my fans. Thank you guys, I don’t have anything to give you. What I can give you is a gold for the country. They came especially for me and the Indian contingent.”

The 35-year-old Kom beat her opponent in the 48 kg category without breaking a sweat. She now has an incredible six gold and one silver in the tournament. India Today reported that Kom’s sixth came exactly 16 years after she won her first title in the event. The last time she won the top prize in the showpiece was in 2010, in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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

(With PTI Inputs)

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