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Indian film industry hails ‘magnificent’ Mary Kom

27 November, 2018, 07:43 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Mary Kom wins record-breaking sixth gold medal at World Boxing Championships

Mary Kom shook the record books with an unprecedented sixth title at Women's World Boxing Championships.

Still chasing her long cherished dream of clinching an Olympic gold for the country, boxing legend M.C.Mary Kom, who on Saturday became the first woman to win six World Championship gold medals, said the hunger is still there.

The star boxer, whose life had inspired the movie "Mary Kom" - starring Priyanka Chopra - courted congratulations galore from the actress, as well as celebrated names like Amitabh Bachchan, S.S. Rajamouli and Prosenjit Chatterjee. Hanna is 22 years old, while Mary Com is 35 years old.

Sonia Chahal surprised one and all as she on to win the silver medal in the 57 kg weight category at the World Championships. She has been affectionately nicknamed as such since she is the first Indian woman boxer to have won a bronze medal in Olympics as well as a gold medal in the Asian Games.

China had an extremely successful final day, winning four gold medals in total. The first round clearly belonged to Mary Kom and all the judges gave points in her favour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also sent congratulatory messages to Mary Kom.

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Mary Kom had defeated Okhota in their previous meeting in Poland earlier this year.

India has, so far, won two Bronze medals at the ongoing Championships through Simranjit Kaur in the 64 kg category and Lovlina Borgohain in the 69 kg division.

Mary Kom has made us proud once again. They came to see my play.

The Manipuri boxer couldn't hold back her tears when she thanked the home crowd for vast support.

The third round was dominated by Mary as she landed some telling blows on Okhota - a right-handed jab, left-hand combination which rattled the Ukrainian.

"I will try my best in the final". In the boxer's autobiography "Unbreakable", she was quoted, "For a large part of my career, I had no sponsors". Returning in 2016, with an eye on the Olympic Games later that year, she left the 48kg class spot to Sarjubala Devi and lost to Germany's Azize Nimani in the second round in the 51kg class in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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