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Women’s World Boxing Championships 2019

AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships 2019 was hosted by Ulan-Ude, Russia from 3 to 13 October 2019. The best female boxers in the world competed in 11th edition of the female elite competition for the most prestigious boxing titles in word. Around 224 competitors from 57 nations participated.

The AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will be returning to Russia after 2005 when the city of Podolsk hosted the tournament.

India’s Performance

India’s Debutant Manju Rani (48kg) scripted history as she became the first Indian woman boxer in 18 years to enter the finals of Women’s World Boxing Championship in her maiden appearance. She stormed to the finals of World Boxing Championships in Russia with a win 4-1 win over her opponent Chuthamat Raksat of Thailand.

In the finals she won silver medal after going down 1-4 against the host nation’s second-seeded boxer Ekaterinal Paltceva.

Other three Indian pugilists, includes- Mary Kom, Jamuna Boro and Lovlina Borgohain

M C Mary Kom lost her semi-final bout against Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey and won bronze medal in 51 kg category.

India’s Debutante Jamuna Boro also had to content with a bronze medal (in 54kg semifinal) after she lost to Huang Hsiao-Wen of Chinese Taipei with an unanimous 5:0.

Lovlina Borgohain won bronze in 69kg after losing in semifinal to Yang Liu of China.

Mary Kom wins record sixth gold medal at World Boxing Championships

India’s boxing legend Mary Kom won gold medal at World Women’s Boxing Championships held in New Delhi. It was her sixth medal in World Boxing Championships. In the final, she defeated 22-year-old Ukrainian boxer Hana Okhaya of Ukraine. Mary Kom won this medal at age of 35 years. With winning this medal, Mary Kom has become the most successful boxer in world boxing history with 6 gold medals. In this Women’s World Boxing Championships 2018, India won total four gold, three silver and three bronze medals.

Mary Kom

Mary Kom’s full name is named Chungjijung Mary Kom Humangte. She was born on March 1, 1983 in Kangathei, Manipur. She is one of the most successful boxers of amature boxing globally. She is the only boxer to win medals in seven world championships including six gold medals.

She had won gold medal at World Boxing Championships held in Antalya in 2002, Podoslovak in 2005, New Delhi in Ningbo City in 2008, Bridgetown in 2010 and in New Delhi in 2018. Apart from this, she had won silver medal in World Boxing Championships held in Scranton in 2001.

She had won bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics. After this, in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she had won gold medal. She had won gold medal in the 2014 Asian Games and bronze medal in 2010 Asian Games, making her first women boxer to win gold medal at Asian Games.

In April 2016, President had nominated her as member of Rajya Sabha. She has been bestowed with Padma Bhushan (2013), Arjuna Award (2003), Padma Shri (2006) and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award (2009).