Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Mary Kom clinches record sixth World title, Sonia wins silver

Mary Kom clinches record sixth World title, Sonia wins silver

With six gold medals and a silver, the diminutive Mary Kom now stands as the tallest woman boxer in the 17-year-old history of the event and equals legendary male boxer Cuban Felix Savon's World championships record. 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.

M C Mary Kom said Saturday she has transformed from being a "bullfighter to a smarter pugilist" and that the ability to out-think her opponents helped her in becoming one of the world's best amateur boxers of all time.

Boxing Federation of India President Ajay Singh, who was sitting beside Mary Kom, said that world body AIBA has described this championships as the best ever.

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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.

With the entire stadium chanting her name, Mary Kom was unable to stop her tears and at the post-match interview, she made it clear that the bronze medal she won in the 2012 London Olympics remains special to her, but the next goal is to win gold in the 2020 Games. But sports lovers believe she was born to be a boxer, with insatiable desire and the innate gift of seizing the moment and making it her own.

After the historic victory, "Magnificent" Mary thanked her fans and team for their support. Okhota was able to land a few strikes on the Indian.

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"Sab ko mere jaisa banana chahta hai toh nahi ho sakta na (You can't expect every boxer in the country to become like me)", Mary continued. "There was pressure on me and I don't know how to put this gold alongside the earlier five", she added. She is young and her punches are packed with power. "I dedicate my Gold to my nation", she said.

48kg: M.C. Mary Kom (Ind) bt Hanna Okhota (Ukr) 5-0 51kg: Chol Mi Pang (Prk) bt Zhaina Sherkerbekova (Kaz) 5-0.

The third round was dominated by Mary as she landed some telling blows on Okhota - a right-handed jab, left-hand combination which rattled the Ukrainian.

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To make it worse, her immediate rival - Pinki, who had beaten her in the Commonwealth Games 2014 trials - not only snapped at her heels, but also charged Mary with lacking humility. She first won a senior level medal in 2016.

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