New Delhi, Nov 24, News24 Bureau: Indian boxing ace MC Mary Kom created history by clinching an unprecedented sixth gold medal against Ukraine's Hanna Okhota in the final of the 48kg event at the Women's World Boxing Championships on Saturday. With five titles under her belt, Mary snatched a historic sixth at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi.This is Mary's second title in front of a home crowd after the win in New Delhi in 2006. This win has put her on the level with Cuban legend Felix Savon as the joint most successful boxer (Men and Women) in the history of World Championships with as many as six gold medals.Felix Savon is regarded as one of the greatest of all times for his achievements in boxing, which is a testament to the fact that Mary has been India's best.A phenomenal woman and a mother of three children who redefined the meaning of struggles and passion in outstanding ways indeed stands as one of the most inspirational people in the world. One in a million, Mary Kom has proved her zeal with myriads of glorious achievements in boxing that still remains untouched!Born in a poor family in Kangthei Village, Manipur Mary walked an extra mile to get past her struggles to achieve what she eagerly wanted to. Despite her parents being tenant farms who worked in Jhum fields, Mary grew up in sober and humble surroundings and helped her parents with farm-related work with schooling.At the age of 18, she participated in her first world championship in Scranton, and left everyone in shock while she made her way to the finals, however, she was unable to win the final and had to be content with a silver medal. In 2002, in Antalya World Championship she won a Gold, and with this, her golden run continued as she went on to win golds at Podolsk in 2005 and New Delhi in 2006.After having her first two children, she won a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women's Boxing Championship in India and a fourth successive gold medal at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in China, followed by a gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam after fierce training.Also known as 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 became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea and is the first Indian Woman Boxer to win Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Today, Mary Kom stands as one of the finest and remarkable women in the world for her rigorous hard work and excessively big achievements. It is her ability and capability of touching the silver lining in no time that inspires many and will continue to do so.
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