MeraNews Network, New Delhi: India’s Mary Kom on Saturday clinched her sixth gold medal in the Women’s World Boxing Championships being held in New Delhi. She blanked Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota in the finals of the 48 kg light flyweight category.
Mary has now surpassed Ireland’s Katie Taylor, with whom she was tied at five world championships and is now at par with men’s six-time world champion Felix Savon. With this win, she is now the most successful female boxer in the event’s history.
The 35-year old star pugilist dedicated her win to the country and said, “I want to thank the fans who turned up today to cheer me and the Indian contingent. They have been supporting me for the last many years.” Mary’s last gold medal win in the event had come in 2010 where she had defeated Romania’s Steluta Duta in the finals
Along with Mary, India’s Sonia Chahal too was in the fray, fighting for her debut gold at the event. Sonia went down fighting to Germany’s Gabriele Wahner in the 57 kg featherweight finals by 1-4 and had to be content with a silver medal. The rookie boxer had outclassed her North Korean opponent Jo Son Hwa in the semifinals to storm into the finals.