She is called 'Magnificent Mary Kom' and the Indian boxer showed just why she deserves the title. The 31-year-old punched her way to a historic gold medal in Incheon (South Korea) on Wednesday - her first in Asian Games - to bring glory to the nation. Her triumph was also India's seventh gold at Incheon.
Mary had promised to settle for nothing less than a gold medal before the start of Asian Games. At the Seonhak Gymnasium on Wednesday, she came from behind to beat Kazakhstan's Zhaina Shekerbekova on a split decision in the flyweight (48-51 kg) division. (Also read: Sarita Devi refuses to wear Asian Games bronze, weeps at podium)
Mary, a five-time world champion and 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist, had to dig deep to beat Shekerbekova, who held her own in the opening round but was unable to hold off the vastly experienced Indian after that. It was the sheer determination of Mary that earned her not just the win and the gold medal but the thundering applause from fans as well.