Magnificent Mary Kom rewrites history books with sixth World Boxing title

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Moments after Mary Kom became the most successful boxer in the history of women's world championships by beating Ukraine's Hanna Okhota in an unanimous 5-0 verdict in the 48kg category summit bout, young Sonia Chahal settled for a silver medal after losing her final. Her last world title came eight years ago in 2010 and since then she has not won a medal at the World Championships.

With this, "Magnificent Mary" also matched Cuban legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful pugilist (men and women) in the Championships history.

The Manipur-based athlete now holds a remarkable tally of six gold medals and a silver.

A sportswoman beyond compare, Mary Kom received a deafening ovation from the jam-packed Indira Gandhi Stadium at New Delhi as she walked out for her historic contest.

This is India's first gold at this edition of the Worlds and its third medal overall after Lovlina Borgohain and Simranjeet Kaur won bronze medals previously in the tournament. Today, I am a little bit emotional, since I have been feeling there is no category in the Olympic Games.

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In tears and with the national flag wrapped tightly around her torso, Mary Kom signed off saying that this gold medal was the least she could do for her country. "I am still dreaming about going to dream about winning the gold in 2020".

It was a watchful start for both the boxers and the Ukrainian, much younger to the Indian, showed attacking intent and kept coming on Mary Kom. "I was always charging and I would be totally exhausted and could not even raise my hand after the fight", she said after winning a record sixth gold in the showpiece. In my weight category, there are a lot of experienced players. She is also Germany's first ever two-time medallist.

Rajamouli, who always makes it a point to raise a toast to sportsmen, tweeted out, "Congratulations, Mary Kom, on winning the record 6th Gold in #WorldBoxingChampionships".

"I have learnt a lot from this tournament and I will try to improve my strength".

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