Another gold for Mary Kom

Indian boxer M.C. Mary Kom (48kg) today won another gold for her country which was her fifth gold medal but Sonia Lather (57kg) settled for silver at the ASBC Asian Confederation women’s boxing championships.

Up against North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi, the five-time World champion and Olympic bronze-medallist prevailed in a unanimous 5-0 verdict to add another medal to her already crowded cabinet.

However, World Championship silver-medallist Sonia, had to be content with a runner-up finish for the second time at this event after she went down in a split verdict to China’s Yin Junhua.

India signed off with a gold, a silver and five bronze medals at the continental showpiece.

This was Mary Kom’s first international gold medal since the 2014 Asian Games and her first medal in over a year. With Tuesday’s triumph, she kept her excellent record at this event intact, having made the final in all of her six appearances. Mary Kom’s previous gold medals had come in 2003, 2005, 2010 and 2012. “I am really happy the way this championship has panned out. I would like to dedicate this victory to all those who have supported me even though the world had written me off. I would like to thank my coaching staff who worked hard with me over the last few months,” said Mary Kom after the triumph.

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