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    India’s Mary Kom Wins Accolades After Becoming First Female Boxer to Win 8 World Championship Medals

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    New Delhi (Sputnik) - Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom assured herself an eighth medal at the AIBA World Women's Boxing Championship after making it to the semi-finals on Thursday.

    By defeating a spirited rival in Colombia's Valencia Victoria, fetching a unanimous 5-0 verdict to make the last-eight stage, Mary Kom

    (51kg) bettered her own record as the most successful boxer in the history of the marquee tournament.

    She has assured India of its first medal in the ongoing edition of the premier boxing event.

    Mary Kom will take on second-seeded Turk Busenaz Cakiroglu in her semifinal bout on Saturday, after a rest day on Friday.

    Cakiroglu is the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medallist. She defeated Cai Zongju of China in her

    quarterfinal bout, just after Mary Kom's impressive victory in Russia.

    The Boxing Federation of India shared a video on Twitter where Mary hopes to try her best and win the gold medal.

    Indian Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also congratulated the boxer on Twitter.

    Mary Kom won the wholehearted praise of the Twitterati.

    ​Entering into this edition, Mary Kom had six golds and a silver in her kitty, but this is the first time, she has secured a world medal in the 51kg category. She had finished as a quarterfinalist in this division in the past.

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