Mary Kom wins gold medal in Asian Women’s Boxing Championships

Five time world champion Mary Kom won gold medal in Asian Women’s Boxing Championships in Light Flyweight (48 kg) category. In the final match held at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, she defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the final bout 5-0 by unanimous judges decision.

It was her fifth gold medal in 48 kg category in Asian Women’s Boxing Championships ( earlier won in 2003, 2005, 2010 and 2012) in only six appearances (in 2008 final she won silver), making her unbeaten in summit clash of continental championship. This was also Mary Kom’s first international gold medal since 2014 Asian Games and her first medal in over year.

MC Mary Kom

Mary Kom’s full name is Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom and is nicknamed Magnificent Mary. She was born on 1 March 1983 in Churachandpur district of Manipur. She is five time World Amateur Boxing champion. She is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.

Mary Kom had won bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics in the flyweight (51 kg) category and was only Indian woman boxer to qualify for this category. She is also first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in2014 Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea. For her outstanding contribution to sport of boxing, she has been awarded Padma Bhushan (2013), Padma Shree (2010) and Arjuna Award for Boxing (2003).

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