It goes without saying that sports get invariably cruel to the athletes as they age. Not only they have to deal with their slowing reflexes, they also have to answer questions about whether they’ve stayed too long or why are they not considering to take a retirement. Mary Kom bags gold in Asian Boxing Championship for the fifth time giving an answer to all those doubts right on point!
Here’re the highlights of the incredible win:
- Mary Kom defeated Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the summit clash on Wednesday, 8th November to strike a Gold in Asian Boxing Championship held in Vietnam.
- It is her first gold in her favorite 48 kg category where she returned almost after five years.
- The five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medalist won in a unanimous 5-0 verdict adding another feather to her already crowded cap.
- Inspired by Dingko Singh’s Asian Games triumph at Bangkok in 1998, Mary Kom decided to pursue women boxing which in its initial phases then. However, three years in the row and she emerged a winner of silver-medal in the world meet.
- While Mary Kom bagged a gold, the world champion silver medalist, Sonia Lathar, had to settle for a silver for the second time at this event after she went down in a split verdict to China’s Yin Junhua in the final of the 57kg category.
Overall, it is indeed a great achievement for India as seven of the boxers who went to this championship are returning home with medals including one gold, one silver and five bronze in various categories.
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