India’s Mary Kom has once again proved that age and motherhood are no bars. The prolific wants to win more medals for India and make the country proud and that’s what she has been doing exactly. She is always aiming to be better than she used to be and success is following her like a shadow.
One thing is certain! No other Indian sportsperson- either men or women have come close to Mary Kom’s reputation of winning more World Championship medals. Now, she scripted one more record to her kitty after her win in the quarter-finals of the World Championship in 2019.
By assuring herself at least a bronze medal in the ongoing World Boxing Championship in Russia, she has clinched her 8th World medal including 6 gold. With this spectacular record, she became the most successful woman boxer in history.
Mary Kom is competitive and she is aiming for the yellow metal in the ongoing Championship. After she is already assured a medal, she set high standards for herself and that is to win the semi-final and finals of the competition to accomplish her goal.
“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 Championship again,” Mary Kom added after winning her bout.
Well, there are several records to her name. Let’s check out how many medals she has won in her career. She had become the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal in the London Olympics in 2012 (along with Saina Nehwal in badminton). Padma Bhushan and Khel Ratna awardee secured her eighth medal at the 2019 World Championships – to become the most successful women boxer in the world.
Mary Kom bagged her first silver medal in 2001 at the World Championships in the USA and followed it up with a gold medal in Turkey in 2002.
The champion once again went on to win two gold medals in two consecutive years- 2005 and 2006 and she added one more 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.
She clinched gold in 2014 Asian Games in Incheon a bronze in Guangzhou in 2010 and as many as 5 gold medals and silver in Asian Boxing Championship. She also won the gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
(With inputs from The Republic)