Mary Kom clinches record 6th gold; Sonia settles for silver

Mary Kom wins record-breaking sixth gold medal at World Boxing Championships

Mary Kom wins record-breaking sixth gold medal at World Boxing Championships

Mary Kom is at present tied with Katie Taylor on five gold medals and one more will make her the most winning woman in World Championships history ever since the Irish pugilist has turned Professional.

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

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.

Overwhelmed, Mary Kom broke down after coming out of the ring as she went around to greet the packed crowd and the assembled officials. "Pressure was something I always felt but don't know how to put this gold alongside the earlier five", she reasoned. With this great win, in the 48kg category, MC Mary Kom became the most successful boxer. Amidst the exchange of blows, Hanna displayed some gamesmanship and invited the Indian to land more shots. "Because of your love and support, I am able to qualify".

Asked to compare the win here with earlier gold medals, the Manipuri said it was hard to remember.

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For most part of the bout, Mary showed why she has survived in the sport. That medal tally later swelled to four, with 21-year-old Sonia Chahal claiming a silver after going down in the 57 kg final.

Kom, who was the subject of a Bollywood film in 2014, won bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games. I can not thank enough to all those who have come here to cheer me and those who prayed for me. She also has five gold and a silver medal in the Asian Championships. Later they traded a flurry of blows but soon Mary regrouped to punch her right and left while Okhota was stand still. Taking it to Twitter, the boxer wrote, "I have fulfilled my duty". Savon, who also won three Olympic gold medals during his illustrious career, won six gold and one silver in heavyweight in the World Championships between 1986 and 1989.

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

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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