Mary Kom Wins Historic Sixth World Boxing Championship Gold, Twitter Erupts
Mary Kom matched Cuba's Felix Savon as the joint most successful boxer -- men and women -- in the World Championships history.
Mary Kom beat Hanna Okhota by a unanimous 5-0 decision
A proud moment for Indian sports, tweeted PM Narendra Modi
In the other final, Sonia took home the silver medal
Mary Kom became the world's most successful woman boxer when she beat Hanna Okhota of Ukraine by a unanimous 5-0 decision in the 48kg light flyweight final to win a historic sixth gold medal at the Women's World Championship at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday. With this gold, Mary Kom now has a record seven medals in total -- six gold and one silver medal. Following the win, sportspersons took to Twitter and congratulated 'magnificent' Mary on her incredible feat. While Vijender Singh wrote "You are an Inspiration", Virender Sehwag said Mary Kom is one of India's "greatest ever sportsperson".
A proud moment for Indian sports.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 24, 2018
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
MAGNIFICENT MARY!— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) November 24, 2018
CONGRATS to @MangteC for the GOLD in Women's World Boxing Championships in 48 kg category!
With this, she hs become the FIRST EVER female boxer to win 6 World Championships!
A fabulous achievement by a wonderful athlete! Wt a proud day for us all! #MaryKom pic.twitter.com/kd12D8Ii4T
A stellar achievement for #MaryKom , becoming the first woman boxer to win six world championship Gold. One of India's greatest ever sportsperson. Super happy and super proud ! pic.twitter.com/jw2V4QBulo— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 24, 2018
Heartiest congratulations to ace boxer @MangteC for winning the @AIBA_Boxing World Championships for a record 6th time.— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) November 24, 2018
She is a living legend and her achievement will inspire millions of youth to excel. #MaryKom pic.twitter.com/GNP4Rlkl1W
The last time she won the top prize in the showpiece event was in 2010 in Bridgetown, Barbados.
By virtue of her win on Saturday, Mary Kom became the only woman boxer in the world to win six gold medals at the World Boxing Championships.
The Indian superstar left behind Ireland's Katie Taylor, who has five gold medals and a bronze. Katie Taylor now plies her trade in the professional circuit.
Mary Kom had 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.
Mary Kom also matched Cuba's Felix Savon as the joint most successful boxer -- men and women -- in the World Championships history.
Felix Savon, who also won three Olympic gold medals during his illustrious career, has won six gold medals and one silver in heavyweight in the World Championships between 1986 and 1989.
In the other match of the day, 21-year-old Sonia, who was aiming for her maiden gold at the Championships, lost to Germany's Ornella Wahner via split decision in 57kg featherweight class and clinched the silver medal.
India finished the championships with one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals.