In what was a proud moment for the country, India's Mary Kom created history at the World Boxing Championships after she won gold by defeating Ukraine's Hanna Okhota in the 48kg light flyweight class category.
Mary Kom was declared the winner by a unanimous 5-0 verdict at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi. The Indian boxer was made to toil hard against the Ukranian who is also a European champion and a silver medalist at the Youth World Championships.
To make it sweeter, Mary Kom managed this incredible feat on home soil and her joy knew no bounds as it was her second title win in front of her home crowd after the 2006 win in Delhi. Speaking to the reporters after her win, she dedicated her latest triumph to her fellow countrymen. "I would like to dedicate this win to my country," Mary Kom said after winning gold at World Boxing Championships.
She became the first female pugilist to win six gold medals in the history of the competition, surpassing the record which was previously held by Irish Boxer Katie Tayor (five golds and a bronze). Following her historic win, social media erupted with joy as people started sending in wishes and tributes for the Indian boxing legend.
The most prominent to come to the forefront was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who congratulated Mary Kom for her tremendous feat. His tweet read: A proud moment for Indian sports. Congratulations to Mary Kom for winning a Gold in the Women’s World Boxing Championships. The diligence with which she’s pursued sports and excelled at the world stage is extremely inspiring. Her win is truly special. @MangteC
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag and Pro-boxing champ Vijender Singh were also among the tributes. Here are some of the best reactions:
Mary Kom entered the tournament as one of the most experienced campaigners with a remarkable tally of five gold medals and a silver to her credit. She last won a world championship medal in 2010 -- a 48kg category gold. Enroute to the final, India's boxing champ defeated North Korea's Kim Hyang Mi in the semi-final and China's Wu Yu in the quarterfinals.
Adding to her already glittering trophy cabinet, Mary Kom has won six medals at the World Boxing Championships which includes six golds (2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010) and one silver (2001). And now her latest win takes her to medal tally to seven in the tournament.