Mary Kom’s most notable achievements during her illustrious career

When it comes to women’s world boxing, Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom is perhaps the most well-known name. The Indian pugilist added another feather to her illustrious career as she advanced to the semifinals of the World Boxing Championships by defeating Valencia Victoria of Colombia by a unanimous 5-0 decision. In doing so, the Manipuri boxer won an incredible eighth world medal, further cementing her status as the tournament’s most prolific boxer.

Here are some of Mary Kom’s most notable accomplishments during her illustrious career:

1. Mary Kom is the first Indian woman to earn an Olympic medal in boxing. In 2012, she won a bronze medal in the 51 kg division, beating Britain’s Nicola Adams.

2. World Championships: Before the 2019 edition of the tournament, Mary Kom had won seven medals at the World Championships. In 2001, she won a silver medal in the 48 division. She went on to win a gold medal in the 2002 edition. Mary Kom won gold medals in 2005 and 2006, and she continued to add to her count in 2008, 2010, and 2018.

3. Mary Kom exceeded Cuban Felix Savon, who had seven medals in the tournament, and Irishwoman Mary Kelly, who had six medals. Mary Kom captured the bronze medal in the 51kg event at the Asian Games in 2010. She added to her medal count by winning gold in the 51kg event at the 2014 Asian Games.

5. Mary Kom of India beat Kristina O’ Hara of Northern Ireland in the women’s 48 kg boxing final at the Commonwealth Games 2018.

6. Awards and Recognitions: Because of her historic career, Mary Kom was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2003. In 2006, she was also awarded the Padma Shri (Sports). The boxer received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2009.

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