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Mary Kom Becomes Six-Time World Champion After Defeating Hanna Okhota

Mary Kom Becomes Six-Time World Champion After Defeating Hanna Okhota

The weight of history sat heavy on the 35-year-old's shoulders as no woman boxer had ever won six world titles before this and the pressure of trying to achieve that feat in front of her home crowd meant sleep was the farthest thought on her mind for the past two days.

Earlier on Saturday, Mary scripted history by clinching a record sixth World Championship Gold medal in the light flyweight 48-kilogram category after outclassing Ukraine's Hanna Okhota by a unanimous 5:0 verdict. In 2012, she lost in the quarter-finals to Britain's Nicola Adams in Qinhuangdao, China. Mary missed the 2014 edition in Jeju City, South Korea, due to a wrist injury.

Sonia, a rookie boxer who began competing at the senior level only since 2016, won the closely-contested first round but from there went downhill with her German opponent getting the upper hand to win 29-28, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28, 29-28. There was heartbreak for Sonia Chahal in the featherweight (57kg) class as she lost to Germany's Ornella Wahner 4-1. Both the events will be 2020 Olympics qualifiers. She chose to not vie for the 51kg slot in the Asian Games in Jakarta, instead gearing up for the World Championships in Delhi.

The results read 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favour of Mary Kom who had beaten the opponent in a tournament in Poland this year.

It would be futile to compare her with male boxers who have won multiple world crowns. With a gold, a silver and two bronze medals, the Indian contingent recorded one of its best performances at the Women's World Championships. "Katie Taylor (of Ireland) had not done like that", she said. We won eight medals with four gold but now competition is stronger.

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Now, whether that happens or not, one thing is for sure. Also, she has secured a silver medal when she made her debut in 2001. She has already inspired more than a whole generation of Indians with her exploits.

She is a lot of things - daughter, wife, mother, social change engineer, Member of Parliament.

There she stood, perched on the highest ramp, in tears, staring at her national flag above all others, singing along to her national anthem bellowing out of the stadium loudspeaker - the Indian National Anthem.

In the first round, Okhota was aggressive from the very first punch and that allowed Kom to step back and rely more on her counter-attacks.