Mary Kom secures 8th Worlds medal, enters semifinals

  • Mary Kom secures 8th Worlds medal, enters semifinals

Mary Kom secures 8th Worlds medal, enters semifinals

MC Mary Kom assured herself an unprecedented eighth medal at the World Women's Boxing Championship.

What adds to this success of the Indian boxing team is the wholesome performance of the team including Manju Rani, Jamuna Boro, and Lovlina Borgohain.

Borgohain, on the other hand, pulled off a facile 4-1 triumph over Poland's sixth-seeded Karolina Koszewska. I would try my best and hopefully win the gold medal here. Between her and a place in the final stands Turkey's European champion and second-seeded Busenaz Cakiroglu. She defeated Cai Zongju of China in her quarterfinal bout, just after Mary Kom's impressive victory in Russian Federation.

She will take on Thailand's Chuthamat Raksat in the semi-final on October 12. She is up against China's Yang Liu, who herself knocked out the title favourite Nien-Chen.

However, two-time bronze-medallist Kavita Chahal (+81kg) bowed out after a 0-5 loss to Belarus' Katsiaryna Kavaleva. The judge's points for her was 28-29, 29-28,29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

The veteran used all her experience to sway away from challenges and land punches at the right time to put pressure on Valencia.

The Manipuri, in terms of number of medals won, is in fact numero uno cutting across both the men's and women's competitions.

Mary has six gold medals and a silver at the World Championships.

At 36, Mary Kom owns a total of six gold and one silver medal in the world championships.

After her, Manju assured India of their second medal at the event after stunning top seed Kim Hyang Mi of North Korea to make it to the semi-finals in 48 kg division. "It was tiring to get past her", she added.

Apart from six world titles, Magnificent Mary's career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other worldwide top finishes.

Jamuna Boro, who won the India Open and the Indonesia President's Cup gold medals, has shown her composure and conviction throughout the tournament and she must be buzzing with confidence after her 4-1 win over Ursula Gottlob of Germany.