Mary Kom wins historic sixth gold

MC Mary Kom Sonia Chahal to fight for Gold medals today Women's World Boxing Championships

MC Mary Kom Sonia Chahal to fight for Gold medals today Women's World Boxing Championships

"Mere jaisa koi kabhi paida nahi hoga (There won't be another like me)", quipped MC Mary Kom to a guffawing audience minutes after becoming the first woman in history to win six World Championship gold medals.

The 35-year-old Indian legend got the better by defeating Ukrainian Hanna Okhota in the 48 kg gold at the 2018 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships held in New Delhi.

After three rounds, Mary Kom was declared the victor under a unanimous decision, sealing her historic sixth gold medal in the World boxing championship tournament.

Savon, who also won three Olympic gold medals during an illustrious career, won six gold and one silver in heavyweight in the World Championships between 1986 and 1989.

With this, "Magnificent Mary" also matched Cuban legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful pugilist (men and women) in the Championships history.

She won her first World Championships medal - a silver - in the inaugural edition in 2001.

Previously, the greatest success by the German amateur boxing association DBV in women's boxing had been a bronze medal for the Cologne boxer Nadine Apetz in 2016. Wrapped in the tri-colour, she thanked her fans for their "unstinted" support. "There was pressure on me and I don't know how to put this gold alongside the earlier five", she added. "I was always charging and I would be totally exhausted and could not even raise my hand after the fight", she said after winning a record sixth gold in the showpiece.

"Because of their reach, the taller boxers (who will be in 51kg) will have advantage".

In the first round, Okhota was aggressive from the very first punch and that allowed Kom to step back and rely more on her counter-attacks. Mary has been a pathbreaker in Indian sport for close to two decades but on Saturday she became something else. Amidst the exchange of blows, Hanna displayed some gamesmanship and invited the Indian to land more shots.

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.

Talking to reporters after her victory, Mary Kom dedicated her win to the country. Come to think of it, she has won more World Championship medals than many nations have managed in 10 editions.

Mary Kom celebrates after receiving her gold medal on Saturday.

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