Hanoi (Vietnam): Five-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom added another feather to her cap when she defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang-Mi to win the gold medal in the light flyweight category at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old, who won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, began strongly to take an early lead in the first round before adopting a more defensive approach in the next two rounds.
The win was Mary Kom’s fifth gold in the Asian championships and first in the 48kg weight category, which she returned to after five years of competing in the 51kg class. Mary Kom had previously won four gold and one silver medals in five previous appearances at the event.
The star pugilist hammered Tsubasa Komura of Japan in a unanimous 5-0 decision in their semifinal showdown on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, five other Indians settled for bronze at the continental showpiece after losing their semifinal bouts in different weight categories. These included former world champion L. Sarita Devi in the 64kg category, Priyanka Chaudhary (60kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Seema Punia (above 81kg) and Shiksha (54kg). ANI