Every Mary Kom medal ‘has its own story of struggles’

Mary Kom proved she still has the mettle and fortitude that makes a champion at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship

Photo credit: MC Mary Kom

Having put aside the crushing dismay of not making the cut for the Rio Olympics, Mary Kom bounced back remarkably to win gold at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

It was her first international gold medal since the 2014 Asian Games. With it, she maintained her stellar record of having made it to the final in all six of her attempts.

After more than five years in the 51 kg division, Mary Kom returned to the 48 kg category. Having been away from the ring for quite some time, returning to her preferred weight category seems to have done her confidence a world of good.

The 34-year old mother of two went up against five-time World Champion and Olympic bronze-medalist Kim Hyang-mi, arguably one of the most contentious adversaries in the whole tournament but that didn’t seem to faze Mary Kom.

No sooner did the match get underway, than the two started swinging at each other. Mary Kom’s flighty footwork outlasted Kim Hyang-mi at critical points of the duel, which although mostly devoid of power-hitting, was full of lightning-pace punches.

Photo credit: MC Mary Kom

But through it all, it was a no-contest as Mary Kom prevailed convincingly in the end with an unanimous 5-0 verdict.

"This medal is very special to me just like all other medals I have won because it has its own story of struggles. As long as I am training hard and my body is fit, I can beat anyone, bring it on! If I maintain the fitness levels, nobody can touch me," she said with some pride after the triumph.

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