Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Women's boxing: Ornella Wahner strikes historic gold for Germany

Women's boxing: Ornella Wahner strikes historic gold for Germany

M.C. Mary Kom celebrates after defeating Ukraine's Hanna Okhota in the 48kg category at the World Boxing Championship in New Delhi on November 24, 2018.

When Mary Kom walked out to the middle ahead of her AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship final on Saturday, the crowd erupted in a thunderous roar.

However, the home crowd gave Mary the essential confidence against her Ukrainian opponent at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium.

The results read 30-27, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favour of Mary Kom who had beaten the opponent in a tournament in Poland this year.

In a mostly one-sided final, she defeated Hannah Okhota by unanimous decision, and in the process, became the most successful boxer in the tournament's history.

The 35-year-old Indian boxer has now won seven medals at Worlds, a silver to go with her six gold. Okata was visibly rattled by an early jab from Mary Kom and when the legendary pugilist followed it up with a right-left punch combination, her historic gold medal was only a matter of time. Today, I am a little bit emotional, since I have been feeling there is no category in the Olympic Games.

Mary had last won a gold at the World Championships eight years ago in in Bridgetown, Barbados.

India could have had another world champion in New Delhi but Sonia Chahal had to settle for a silver after she lost her final bout of the 57kg weight category to Gabriele Wahner of Germany.

The 35-year-old, who is a mother of three children, had previously won gold medals in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010 editions of the World Championships. "I am still suffering from that", she said.

"Thank you for your love and support. Getting a gold in Tokyo will not be easy but I will try my best", said Mary Kom who was adjudged the best boxer of the championships. She is also a two-time medallist at the Asian Games, winning bronze at 2010 and gold in 2014. No other woman boxer has won more than five gold medals.

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