India’s boxing legend MC Mary Kom bagged her sixth gold medal at the Women’s World Boxing Championship by defeating Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the 48kg light flyweight. The 35-year-old won the match in a unanimous 5-0 lead.
With this glorious victory Mary proved herself once again, becoming the most successful boxer of the World Boxing Championship till date.
Addressing media Mary Kom said “Today I am feeling a little bit emotional since I have been feeling there is no category in the Olympic Games. Because of your love and support, I am able to qualify.”
Mary was so much overwhelmed at the moment that tears were flowing from her eyes, said her coach and added that “We tried telling her, it’s okay. Calm down. Take deep breaths,” says Coach Chhote Lal Yadav. “But she couldn’t. She said ‘Mujhse control nahi ho pa raha hai (I am not able to control it).”
Mary, who is often referred to as “Magnificent Mary”, had defeated Hanna in Poland in the past. She has been affectionately nicknamed as such since she is the first Indian woman boxer to have won a bronze medal in Olympics as well as a gold medal in the Asian Games. At present, she is also a member of the Rajya Sabha. PM Modi applauded her magnificient victory by tweeting-
A proud moment for Indian sports.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 24, 2018
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. @MangteC
Mary won her first gold medal exactly 16 years ago, and she won her last Gold gold medal at the 2010 World Boxing Championship in the same category.
The Manipur- based legendary boxer is being praised all over social media for her glorious victory.