Indian boxing legend MC Mary Kom on Saturday became the most successful player in the history of Women’s World Championships by winning her sixth gold medal at the AIBA World Championship in New Delhi.
Mary Kom defeated the Ukrainian in a unanimous 5-0 result in the 48kg AIBA World Championship final.
Talking to reporters after her victory, Mary Kom dedicated her win to the country. “I want to dedicate the medal to all the people behind my hard-work. I dedicate my Gold to my nation,” she said.
With this gold, ‘Magnificent Mary’ also matched Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful pugilist (men and women) in the World Championships history.
Savon, who also won three Olympic gold medals during an illustrious career, won six gold and one silver in heavyweight in the World Championships between 1986 and 1989.
Before this World Championship, Mary Kom was tied with Irish legend Katie Taylor (five gold and a bronze) in the number of medals won. Taylor now plies her trade in the professional circuit.
The 35-year-old pugilist has also won Asian Games gold and Olympic bronze medal in the past. She had also won the gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, earlier this year.
7. History Created
A 35-year-old mother of three, Mary Kom set her eye on the sixth championship medal. Playing before the home crowd at Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi, Mary Kom beat Ukrainian Hanna Okhota, 22, to clinch her record sixth World Championship gold medal.
6. 2010: Arrival of ‘Magnificent Mary’
This year, Mary Kom participated in 48-kg weight category in the event held in Barbados. For the third year in a row, Mary Kom and Steluta Duta faced each other in the title clash. Mary Kom, however, came on the top again and won her record fifth World Championship gold medal.
5. 2008: Unstoppable Mary
The championship in China’s Ningbo became another feather in Mary Kom’s crown when she won her fourth gold in a row. Now a mother of two, Mary Kom once again got the better of Romania’s Steluta Duta to win her fourth world championship gold.
4. 2006: Hat-trick at home
In 2006, Mary Kom was playing in front of a home crowd and she did not disappoint her fans. With her win in the final against Romania’s Steluta Duta at New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium, she became only the second woman boxer to complete a hat-trick of World Championship gold medals.
3. 2005: Two in a row
The 2005 championship event was held in Russia after a two-year gap. Mary Kom, who participated in 46-kg category, went on to repeat her 2002 performance and emerged with a gold in the Russian city of Podolsk. She beat North Korea’s Jong Ok to defend her title.
2. 2002: Turkish Gold
In the second edition of the championship, Mary Kom participated in 45-kg category and went on to win the gold medal. She defeated North Korea’s Jang Song Ae in the title bout of the championship, hosted in Turkey’s Antalya.
1. 2001: Missed by an inch
Mary Kom won a silver in the inaugural edition of AIBA Women’s World Championships in 2001. She lost the 48-kg category final to Turkey’s Hulya Sahin and settled for a silver. The event was hosted in Scranton, USA.