Mary Kom created history on Wednesday when she won her fifth Asian Boxing Championships gold medal in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Playing the 48kg final, Mary beat Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi with a 5-0 unanimous decision. This was Mary Kom’s first gold medal win since the 2014 Asian Games gold medal.
Mary is a five-time world champion and Olympics bronze medallist was favourite to win the title in Vietnam. But, she showed a lot of ringcraft to beat her opponent in the final, who was the tougest in terms of competition.
The 35-year-old boxer was away from the ring for a long time and had made a comeback earlier this year. She powered her way into the finals with unanimous decision in the semi-final.
Fans and celebrities congratulated Mary Kom on her win and said that she was an inspiration for many people. Boxing Federation of India president Ajay Sud also congratulated her.
“Mary Kom’s gold at the Asian Boxing Championship is a huge victory for India’s women power. At 35, this mother of 3 has shown that with grit and determination you can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Mary Kom is a huge inspiration for all Indians and we are proud of her victory,” he said.
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) 8 November 2017
Wow, the legend @MangteC (Mary Kom) wins another Asian Boxing Gold. I am in awe of her, one of our greatest ever across sports.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 8 November 2017
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) 8 November 2017
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) 8 November 2017
Mary Kom won bronze medal at London Olympics.