Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Kom seizes record sixth gold

Kom seizes record sixth gold

The Indian superstar MC Mary Kom won the World Women " s Boxing Championship for the sixth time in New Delhi on Saturday, and became a living legend in that touch sport, along with the Cuban boxer Felix Savon.

India finished third in the overall standings behind China and Taipei.

Mary Kom scripts history by winning her sixth world boxing title. Okata was visibly rattled by an early jab from Mary Kom and when the legendary pugilist followed it up with a right-left punch combination, her historic gold medal was only a matter of time. Mary won the final with 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 30-27, 30-27 scoreline.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also sent congratulatory messages to Mary Kom.

Mary Kom has now won gold at the World Championships in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010, besides a silver in 2001. "I will try my best inside the ring", Mary said after her semi-final bout. In my weight category, there are a lot of experienced players.

"Because of your love and support, I am able to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics". In the boxer's autobiography "Unbreakable", she was quoted, "For a large part of my career, I had no sponsors". Okhota is the junior European champion and a former silver medallist at the Youth World Championships.

"Thank you so much for your love and support. I dedicate my Gold to my nation".

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Mohamed Salah , Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino scored second-half goals to seal victory at Vicarage Road. A clean sheet, after being 2-0 up you not only want to win but you want to keep a clean sheet as well.

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

"Because of their reach, the taller boxers (who will be in 51kg) will have advantage. CONGRATULATIONS! I ever value your BOXING GLOVES that you gifted me! they are MY gold medals", Bachchan wrote on Twitter along with the picture of the autographed boxing gloves.

Kom, charging from the blue corner, took control of the bout as soon as the starting bell rung. Mary Kom claimed a bronze at the 2012 London Games.

Priyanka Chopra who played the role of Mary Kom in her biopic, tweeted, "Wow!"

It is a tribute to the 35-year-old's ability to keep the fire in her belly raging for so long - through marriage, child-birth and a bitter rivalry with Pinky Rani Jangra.

Sonia, a rookie boxer who began competing at the senior level only since 2016, won the closely-contested first round but from there went downhill with her German opponent getting the upper hand to win 29-28, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28, 29-28. Amidst the exchange of blows, Hanna displayed some gamesmanship and invited the Indian to land more shots.

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