Mary Kom created history on November 24, 2018 by winning her sixth world championship gold at the 10th World Women’s Boxing Championships, held in New Delhi, India.
Speaking on her historic win, Mary Kom said that it is very special as she was under pressure, especially because of the change in her weight category. “I won my last Worlds gold in 2010 and then the change of weight for Olympics happened. The pressure was something I always felt but don't know how to put this gold alongside the earlier five," she reasoned.
However, Mary distinctly remembered that she had earlier won five straight gold medals at the World Boxing Championship, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by any women boxer before.
• Mary Kom won the sole gold for India by beating Ukraine's Hanna Okhota in a unanimous 5-0 verdict in the 48kg category summit bout.
• The final results read 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favour of Kom. She had beaten Okhota previously this year during a tournament held in Poland.
• Another Indian boxer, Sonia Chahal claimed the silver medal in 57kg bout, after she lost to Wahner Ornella Gabriele of Germany in the finals.
• Besides, two bronze medals were won by Lovlina Borgohain and Simranjit Kaur, after they lost their semi-finals bouts in 69kg and 64kg weight categories respectively.
• Overall, India ended the championships with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze.
• India's best-ever performance was in the 2006 championship that was held in Delhi, when it had won eight medals, including four gold.
Recalling her participation in the New Delhi event held in 2006, Mary Kom said that at that time, boxers from fewer countries had participated and the sport was not even included in the Olympics. She said that though they won eight medals then, which included four gold medals, the competition is tougher nowadays and considering that fact, their current result, comprising one gold, one silver and two bronze medals, was great.
• The Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur is the only woman to become World Amateur Boxing champion for a record six times.
• She is also the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships. She once won silver.
• Nicknamed Magnificent Mary, she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal.
• She was ranked at the top in AIBA World Women's Ranking Light Flyweight category.
• She also became the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games, held Incheon, South Korea.
• She is also the first Indian woman boxer to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, held in Gold Coast, Australia.
• In April 2016, Kom was nominated by the Indian President as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.
• In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports appointed Mary Kom along with Akhil Kumar as national observers for boxing.
• The 35-year-old mother of three was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2013. She is also the recipient of the Padma Shri (2006), Arjuna Award (2003), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award (2009) and several other such top honours and recognitions.
Post her historic world championship win, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced that the state government will honour Mary Kom by conferring an appropriate title in recognition to her unprecedented feat of winning the sixth gold medal in the World Boxing Championship and her illustrious career in the field.
The title would soon be announced in a grand reception ceremony for the boxing ace, to be organised after her arrival in the state.
Who: Mary Kom