Marykom completes hat-trick
Marykom became the first women boxer to win the world titles three years in a row.india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 21:45 IST
M C Marykom became the toast of the nation by completing a hat-trick of world titles and helping India lift the team trophy with four gold medals at the 4th World Women's Boxing Championships at Talkatora stadium on Thursday.
Marykom became the first women boxer to win the world titles three years in a row after the championships were introduced in USA in 2001.
Marykom outpunched European champion Steluta Duta of Romania in the 46 kg on points (22:7) and celebrated her triumph with a demonstration of Manipuri folk dance in the ring.
The diminutive pugilist first deceived Duta by letting her open the account being 0-1 down just after taking on the mat but she put the Romanian on defensive thereafter in the gripping bout.
"I am very happy. I have no words to explain. I had defeated Duta in the recent Venus Cup finals so I really had no problem at all," said Marykom.
L Sarita Devi (52 kg), Jenny R L (63 kg) and Lekha K C (75 kg) won the titles in their respective categories while Negisatty Usha (57 kg) had to be content with silver that reverberated with cheers of the home crowd.
Chhotu Laura (50 kg), Aruna Mishra (66 kg) and Renu (80kg) finished as bronze medallists for the hosts.
Russia, last year's champions, finished second with three gold and three silver medals, followed by North Korea with a tally of 2-0-1. Canada, the runners-up in 2005 edition, were fourth with one gold and two bronze.
First Published: Nov 23, 2006 21:45 IST