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


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.

Before entering the Championship final, Mary Kom was tied with Ireland's Katie Taylor at five gold medals in world boxing championship.

The 35-year-old, who is a mother of three children, had previously won gold medals in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010 editions of the World Championships.

In a mostly one-sided final, she defeated Hannah Okhota by unanimous decision, and in the process, became the most successful boxer in the tournament's history. Savon had won six gold medals and a silver medal at the World Championships during his illustrious boxing career.

"I am a little bit emotional today". I won my last World Championships gold in 2010 and then there is this change of weight category for Olympics.

The Indian could not hold back her tears as she thanked the fans for their whole-hearted support. I don't have anything to give except for a gold medal to the country. That experience has given me a lot of confidence.

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India could have had another world champion in New Delhi but Sonia Chahal had to settle for a silver after she lost her final bout of the 57kg weight category to Gabriele Wahner of Germany.

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.

After winning the match, Mary Kom said, "First of all, I would like to thank, all my friends". She is also a very shrewd boxer.

The third round was dominated by Mary as she landed some telling blows on Okhota - a right-handed jab, left-hand combination which rattled the Ukrainian. This round also went in favour of Mary Kom, with three judges favouring her and two going for Okhota.

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