It is not without any reason she is widely hailed ‘Magnificent Mary’ and M C Mary Kom lived up to her adage yet again with a sterling performance. She has now become the most successful boxer in the history of Women’s World Championships by winning her sixth gold medal with an unanimous 5-0 result over Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota .
The 35-year-old Mary Kom beat her opponent in the 48kg category without breaking a sweat. She now has an incredible six gold and one silver in the tournament.
With this gold, she also matched Cuban men’s legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful pugilist (men and women) in the World Championships history.
The last time she won the top prize in the showpiece was in 2010, in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Before this World Championships, Mary Kom was tied with Ireland’s Katie Taylor (five gold and a bronze) on the number of medals won by a woman. Taylor now plies her trade in the professional circuit.
a gritty and mother of three, Mary Kom won a silver in the inaugural edition in 2001 and then went on to win a gold each in the next five consecutive editions — 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Savon, who also won three Olympic gold medals during his illustrious career, won six gold and one silver in heavyweight in the World Championships between 1986 and 1989.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his congratulations for the spectacular feat
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
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar Tweeted his congratulations
World’s best woman boxer and now it’s official. @MangteC, you have been fabulous. Congratulations on winning your record 6th Gold medal at the World Women’s Boxing Championships. You’re an inspiration for every young athlete. #WWCHs2018 #MaryKom pic.twitter.com/ebj6LWY9K7
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 24, 2018
Bollywood actress superstar Priyanka Chopra, who played Mary Kom on- screen tweeted
Wow! Only you could do it!! What an achievement… the first female boxer to win the #WorldChampionship for an unprecedented 6th time! Congratulations @MangteC… It’s a proud moment for the nation & you are and always will be my inspiration.. Here’s to #MagnificentMary
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) November 24, 2018
Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma also congratulated Mary Kom for her superlative effort
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) November 24, 2018