'Magnificient Mary' has done it again! The star Indian boxer is a five-time Asian champion.
Mary Kom, the 34-year-old mother-of-three, defeated Kim Hyang Mi of Korea Republic in the 48kg women's amateur boxing category to clinch the coveted GOLD medal in the Asian Boxing Championship 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Wednesday November 8.
Just like her semifinals bout, the final remained a one-sided 5-0 victory for Mary.
She is already a five-time World champion. The current feather in her cap only builds to her rich legacy.
Mary Kom's Asian Boxing Championship gold medal record:
- 2003 - Hissar
- 2005 - Kaohsiung
- 2010 - Astana
- 2012 - Ulaanbaatar
- 2017 - Vietnam
Mary had to wait for five years to win her third gold medal in the competition. Coincidentally, she won her fifth gold medal after exactly five years!
"I I am really happy the way this Championship has panned out," Mary said after her victory. "I would like to dedicate this victory to all those who have supported me even though the world had written me off. I would like to thank my coaching staff who worked hard with me over the last few months," she added.
"A special word for the professional setup that Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has put in place, ensuring the best facilities was given during the month-long camp and all the exposure trips for the team. Also, I am thankful to BFI president Mr. Ajay Singh especially for showing faith in me," a teary-eyed Mary said.
No other Indian women boxer has managed to win a gold from the competition in Vietnam this year. Sonia Lather (57kg) lost her bout in the final and had to settle for a silver medal. Full results: