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India hails heroine Mary Kom as 37-year-old makes Olympic cut again

India hails heroine Mary Kom as 37-year-old makes Olympic cut again

Kristina Miranda
Kristina Miranda

Indians hailed fighter Mary Kom following the six-time world winner qualified for Tokyo 2020 on Monday (March 9) in what’s very likely to be her final bid for Olympic gold in an illustrious career.

The 37-year-old pugilist made a 5-0 win against Irish Magno of the Philippines at the quarter-finals of this Asia/Oceania qualifying event in Amman, Jordan.

The set squared off at a tight first round before Kom’s encounter watched her professionally take rounds three and two using a solid counter-attacking strategy.

After the bout, the mother-of-three kissed and pointed to a card she held with the words “You have qualified for Tokyo 2020”.

“For this only, so long… I was working so hard,” she told the Olympic Channel.

“I had to go through many challenges… The dream is almost complete.”

The Boxing Federation of India tweeted that Kom was a “class act” who “shows the world how to win a bout… with a classic display of counter boxing”.

Fans also took to social media to laud her achievements.

“More power to you lady…!! Your perseverance and determination make #india proud,” one fan tweeted.

“Congratulations Mary Kom. You are a true champion. Go for Glory,” another added.

Kom, nicknamed “Magnificent Mary”, won a silver at the inaugural women’s world championships in 2001, kickstarting her international career.

She went on to win gold in each of the next five world championships.

The mother-of-three also won gold at the 2014 Asian Games and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

She took home bronze at London 2012, the first time women’s boxing was featured as a sport at Olympics Games.