Legendary boxer Mary Kom, on Saturday, scripted history as she became India’s only and the first woman to win a gold for the sixth time in the World Boxing Championship. Hanna Okhota of Ukraine.
The 35- year- old defeated her Ukrainian counterpart, Hanna Okhota, in a unanimous 5-0 decision in the 48 kg (light flyweight) category.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted congratulating the Manipur- based boxer, saying it’s a proud moment for India sports.
A proud moment for Indian sports.
Congratulations to Mary Kom for winning a Gold in the Women’s World Boxing Championships. The diligence with which she’s pursued sports and excelled at the world stage is extremely inspiring. Her win is truly special. @MangteC
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 24, 2018
She took to Twitter to thank her coaches and express her content over her historic win.
— Mary Kom (@MangteC) November 24, 2018
Talking about her record, a joyous Mary told reporters, “I want to dedicate the medal to all the people behind my hard-work. I dedicate my Gold to my nation.”
Mary has also registered her name in history books as she has now equalled male pugilist Felix Savon of Cuba, becoming an all-time best boxer with six gold and one silver medal in World Championships.
The former Asian Games gold medallist and Olympic bronze medallist had also won the gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, earlier this year.
Another Indian pugilist, Sonia Chahal will be in action later today.
(With ANI inputs)