Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Mary Kom still hungering for elusive Olympic gold

Mary Kom still hungering for elusive Olympic gold

16 years after winning her maiden World Championship - and eight years since her last - Mary overtakes Ireland's Katie Taylor as the first female boxer to win six gold medals, and becomes only the second pugilist ever (male or female) to achieve the feat after Felix Savon. Image sourceThe emphatic moment also marks Mary Kom as the most successful boxer in the history of the colossal event.

Terming the 35-year-old boxer a "living legend", Sonowal wrote: "Heartiest congratulations to ace boxer @MangteC for winning the @AIBA_Boxing World Championships for a record 6th time". A packed crowd waited for Mary Kom to come out in the first final of the day.

In electrifying atmosphere, Mary Kom's stature touched a new high when she claimed her sixth title in the World women's boxing championships at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex here on Saturday.

But the latest, and perhaps her most stunning, was won by beating Ukraine's Hanna Okhota in the final of 48kg weight category in New Delhi.

This is the sixth world championship title of Mary Kom, & her eighth medal at the World Championship.

"I don't have anything to give to the country except for a gold medal".

Priyanka Chopra, who essayed the role of Mary Kom in her biopic, also wished the star on her official Twitter handle writing, "Wow!"

There was little Mary Kom could do to stop her tears.

Ghanashyam wore an Assamese saree in honour of Mary Kom. The seasoned boxer, who seems to have successfully put behind the memories of Rio Olympics disappointment, announced her comeback by winning the Asian women's boxing championships in Vietnam. I fought with this girl in Poland and I have beaten her. Then Mary managed to land some punches on her opponent.

"I want to thank the fans who turned up today to cheer me and the Indian contingent", Kom said.

India has, so far, won two Bronze medals at the ongoing Championships through Simranjit Kaur in the 64 kg category and Lovlina Borgohain in the 69 kg division.

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

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