Mary Kom is in a league of her own, on a race or competition with herself.. outpunching and bettering her own record... just like Michael Phelps (Swimming) and Usain Bolts (Athletics) had done in their sports. MC Mary Kom is to boxing what the legends of Phelps & Bolt were to their sports. In fact, no other Indian sportsperson men or women come anywhere near her -- when it comes to clinching World Championship medals. By winning or assuring herself at least a bronze in the ongoing World Boxing Championship in Russia, she has clinched her 8th World medal including 6 gold and has become the most successful woman boxer in history.
"I am very happy to reach the semi final and assuring myself and the country a medal but I want to win the semi final and finals and get a higher medal. I aim to win a gold at this World Championdhip again," Mary Kom said after winning her bout.
There are many records and firsts to her credit to the 36-year-old champion boxer, proving from time to time that age and motherhood are no bars. Padma Bhushan and Khel Ratna awardee Mary Kom had become the first Indian woman to win a medal in the London Olympics in 2012 (along with Saina Nehwal in badminton).Mary Kom secured her eighth medal at the 2019 World Championships - to become the most successful women boxer in the world. Mary Kom won her first silver medal in the year 2001 at the World Championships in the USA followed by a gold medal in Turkey in 2002. 'Magnificent' Mary Kom then went on to win two gold medals in two consecutive years in 2005 and 2006 and she added another gold to her tally in 2010. Mary Kom's last gold medal came in 2018 as she won the finals of the World Championship in India. With a victory in the quarter-finals of the World Championship in 2019, Mary Kom has now assured India a medal and another addition to her closet studded with records. She had won a gold in 2014 Asian Games in Incheon a bronze in Guangzhou in 2010 and as many as five gold medals and silver in Asian Boxing Championship. Mary Kom also won the gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju congratulated Mary Kom assuring yet another medal for the country. He further went on to state that she was the only women boxer in the world to win eight medals at the World Championships. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju wished her luck for her semi-final bout. Here's what Kiren Rijiju had to say to Mary Kom after her victory in the quarter-finals.
Hearty congratulations @MangteC on assuring another medal for India🇮🇳! You are a legend and the only boxer in the World to win 8⃣ medals in World Boxing Championships. My best wishes to you for the Semi Finals#PunchMeinHaiDum 🥊🥊 https://t.co/WCwCQ4zBDh— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) October 10, 2019