Mary Kom: From a bullfighter to a smart pugilist

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(Eds: incorporating India's overall standings along with other details) New Delhi, Nov 24 (PTI) India's M C Mary Kom won a historic sixth gold in the World Championships here Saturday, the mother-of-three doing, without breaking a sweat, what no other woman boxer has done or known before.

It is a tribute to the 35-year-old's ability to keep the fire in her belly raging for so long - through marriage, child-birth and a bitter rivalry with Pinky Rani Jangra. 6 times Gold medalist World Championship. She remains the only Indian female boxer to have won an Olympic medal, a bronze at the 2012 London Games, and also the only one with a Commonwealth Games gold, won in Gold Coast earlier this year. "Though we won eight medals, four gold included but competition is much tough nowadays and considering the fact, our results here (one gold, a silver and two bronze medals) were great", said Mary. Of course, she was already in a league of her own before Saturday when the arena rent with chants of "Mary-Mary" and "India-India" as she beat Ukraine's Hanna Okhota with a unanimous verdict. Next, on November 8, 2017, she grabbed an unprecedented fifth gold medal at the ASBC Asian Confederation women's boxing championships held in Vietnam. What I can give you is a gold for the country. "CONGRATULATIONS! I ever value your BOXING GLOVES that you gifted me! they are MY gold medals", Bachchan wrote on Twitter along with the picture of the autographed boxing gloves. "More and more power to you, Mary Kom!".

The women's world championship has been running for 17 years.

Priyanka Chopra who played the role of Mary Kom in her biopic, tweeted, "Wow!"

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India could have had another world champion in New Delhi but Sonia Chahal had to settle for a silver after she lost her final bout of the 57kg weight category to Gabriele Wahner of Germany. Terming the boxer's achievement as a proud moment for Indian sports, Modi said the diligence with which she had pursued sports and excelled at the world stage was extremely inspiring.

"First of all, I would like to thank all my fans".

"I will try my best in the final". Suffice to say, there is no question that she will be a role model for all time to come.

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