MC Mary Kom, today punched her way into the semi-finals of the Women’s World Boxing Championships after defeating Wu Yu of China.
She is now assured of a medal and will next face Kim Hyang Mi of North Korea, who had earlier defeated Korea’s Bak Chorong in her quarter-final.
Currently tied with Katie Taylor of Ireland on five world titles, Mary is now just two wins away from a clinching a record sixth gold at the World Championships.
India’s biggest medal hope at this year’s event, the Olympic bronze-medallist will be seeking her first AIBA title since 2010. The 35-year-old Manipuri, a mother of three, won a silver in the first edition and then went on to win five gold in successive World Championships from 2002 to 2010.
Before her quarters win, Mary had defeated Aigerim Kessenayeva of Kazakhstan 5-0 in the preliminaries.
Mary’s 2018 So Far
In her first major tournament since taking a two-year sabbatical, Mary Kom won a historic gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games. Competing in her debut CWG, also perhaps her last, the 35-year-old became the first Indian woman to bag a yellow metal in the sport at the Games.
This was just five months after claiming a gold at the Asian Championships and following it up with another one at the India Open in January. Before heading to Gold Coast, she had won a silver medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria.
With an eye of the World Championships, Mary had opted out of the Asian Games. She was carrying a few niggles, and the Games didn’t have a 48kg category so in order to focus on another world title, the Asian Games gold-medallist decided to give Indonesia a miss.
But in September, she delivered another world-class performance, bagging a gold at the Silesian Open Tournament in Poland. This, after losing 2kgs in just 4 hours.>