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"Magnificent Mary" Wins World Women's Gold for 5th Time !!

India's woman boxer Mary Kom wins the World Light Flyweight Championship for the fifth time...




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Mary Kom wins 5th AIBA World Light flyweight Championships

Sunday, 19 September 2010 10:56

Indian boxing star Mary Kom won a fifth AIBA World Championship title at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Barbados today, beating Romania's Steluta Duta convincingly to take the light flyweight title. Ireland's Katie Taylor proved quick to recover from yesterday's shake-up against Queen Underwood of the USA and stormed ahead to an 18:5 victory against China's Dong Cheng in a repeat of the 2008 final in Ningbo. She also picked up her second consecutive best boxer award.

Kom was overcome with emotion after her win. "I would like to thank my husband and my sponsor for both giving me the will power and encouraging me. I'm really really happy and I thank God," she said. Kom won her first title in 2001, at the age of 18 and has now taken gold medals at the past four AIBA Women's World Championships.

There was a large Irish contingent supporting Katie Taylor in the arena and the 24-year-old was happy enough to pick up individual points against Dong in the early stages of her final, then surged ahead in the second round to finish eight points clear. But even with such a wide leading margin, it is in her nature to attack and she extended her lead further in the third and fourth rounds to close out the bout 18:5.

"Yesterday I had to give credit to Queen Underwood. She boxed really well," said the Bray woman. "She made it very hard for me and I felt very tired in the ring. Today I felt a lot better and I just kept her arm on the jab. I've had a lot of tough fights beforebut in a major championship I've never felt that way before. My main focus now is the Olympic Games and we will see what happens after that."

China's Ren Cancan made it a double by beating Nicola Adams from England in the flyweight final 10:5 and Russia's Elena Savelyeva took the bantamweight title after beating North Korea's Kim Hye Song 7:3.

But North Korea did secure a gold in the featherweight contest, when Yun Kum Ju beat rival Yang Yanzi 7:4

Reigning European Women's Champion Gulsum Tatar added a second consecutive world title to her belt today with a clear 13:1 victory over Russia's Vera Slugina in the light welterweight division.

In the day's closest contest, Andrecia Wasson of the USA edged ahead to a 5:4 victory over Savannah Marshall from England. Marshall was slow to get going, landing her first scoring punches only in the third round and leaving it too late to claw back the deficit.

After taking the title in the 66kg category in 2008, Mary Spencer of Canada today added the world middleweight (75kg) title to her medal haul by eliminating China's last medal hope, Li Jinzi. China had put four boxers through to the final but only Ren managed to secure a gold medal.

Brazil confirmed its status as an emerging power in world boxing for both men and women today when PanAmerican Champion Roseli Feitosa comprehensively defeated Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova 12:3 to claim the light heavyweight title. In an unusual end to the competition, Kateryna Kuzhel's corner threw in the towel in the second round of the contest against Russia's Nadezhda Torlopova, handing the Russian the heavyweight title after only three minutes of boxing.
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Re: "Magnificent Mary" Wins World Women's Gold for 5th Time !!

Next stop, London 2012 !!


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Next target for 'Magnificent Mary': medal at London Olympics

Press Trust Of India
Bridgetown (Barbados), September 19, 2010
First Published: 12:52 IST(19/9/2010)
Last Updated: 12:53 IST(19/9/2010)

A historic fifth successive World Championship gold medal under her belt but star Indian woman boxer M C Mary Kom remains hungry for more and will not consider hanging up her gloves before finishing on podium at the 2012 London Olympics. The 27-year-old mother-of-two from Manipur brushed aside the rising international competition in women's boxing to clinch a fifth gold medal at the World Championships last night by thrashing old foe Steluta Duta of Romania 16-6 in the light fly weight 48kg finals.

Dubbed 'Magnificent Mary' by the International Boxing Association for her historic feat, the diminutive counter-puncher is the only woman boxer to have clinched a medal in each of the six World Championships, starting with a silver in the inaugural edition in 2001.

"I am overwhelmed and don't even know how to describe what it feels like. I am just so happy to have done it," the former Khel Ratna awardee told PTI in an interview after the unprecedented feat.

Balancing a demanding training schedule with the responsibility of being the mother of two young children is not easy but with women's boxing finding a place in the 2012 Olympics, Mary Kom said has a reason to continue doing the tough twin jobs.

"It's very demanding and emotionally draining to leave my sons behind for competing and training. But I have somehow managed to do it so far and hopefully I will continue doing it till at least the London Olympics. I want to win an Olympic medal, don't want to go before doing that. That's my dream," she said.

"I know age would be a factor but if I continue to train hard and remain fit, I think, I would be able to compete and win a medal," she added. Women's boxing would make its debut at the London Olympics in three weight categories -- flyweight (48-51kg), lightweight (56-60kg) and middleweight (69-75kg). Mary Kom will have to bulk up substantially for the fly weight division but she is confident of coming through.

"Putting on weight and adjusting to it is always tough but since I would be giving trials for the November Asian Games in the same division, I think I will have enough to time to adjust," she said.

Talking about her bout last night, Mary Kom said she could feel the pressure of expectations but was never nervous against Duta, whom she had beaten in the World Championship finals of 2006 and 2008 as well.
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