Hero of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi – India’s Mary Kom sets up new record
The 10th edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships was finished in New Delhi, India where the host nation’s pride and icon Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte broke the previous records and claimed her sixth title at the light flyweight (48kg). She defeated Ukraine’s young Hanna Okhota in the final and bagged also the Best Boxers Trophy of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte was not only the Asian Hero of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships but she has done a World history in New Delhi with her next gold medal, the first one since the 2010 edition. Mary Kom is the new record holder, she is now 6-time AIBA Women’s World Champion and 5-time ASBC Asian Women’s Champion.
She attended at the first edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Scranton, United States where she earned a silver medal at the age of 18. Mary Kom won her five-in-a-row AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships title between 2002-2010, each at the light flyweight (48kg).
Mary Kom competed mainly at the flyweight (51kg) between 2011 and 2016 due the possibility of the Olympic Games and she was able to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics where she took a valuable bronze medal.
Following her unsuccessful campaign to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Mary Kom returned to her best category to the light flyweight (48kg) in 2017 and won the Ho Chi Minh City 2017 ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships exactly one year ago beating DPR Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the final.
The Indian boxer defeated her first Ukrainian opponent still back in 2002 and following her triumph over Hanna Okhota in the final of the 10th AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, she has done the same strong effort after 16 years. Her Ukrainian opponent was only 6-year-old when Mary Kom won her first title at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in 2002.
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