Six-time champion M C Mary Kom (51kg) has assured herself an unprecedented eighth medal at the World Women’s Boxing Championship after advancing to the semifinals of the event .
Mary Kom defeated a spirited rival in Colombia’s Valencia Victoria, fetching a unanimous 5-0 verdict to make the last-four stage.
With this, Mary Kom bettered her own record as the most successful boxer in the history of the marquee tournament.
Entering into this edition, she had six gold and a silver in her kitty but this is the first time, the Manipuri has secured a world medal in the 51kg category. She had finished a quarterfinalist in this division in the past.
The latest achievement adds to her legend.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju tweeted his Congratulations To Mary Kom on her incredible feat
Hearty congratulations @MangteC on assuring another medal for India! You are a legend and the only boxer in the World to win medals in World Boxing Championships. My best wishes to you for the Semi Finals#PunchMeinHaiDum https://t.co/WCwCQ4zBDh
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) October 10, 2019
Mary Kom’s incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other international top finishes.
This year alone, she won gold medals at the India Open in Guwahati and President’s Cup in Indonesia.
She is also a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha.