India hails heroine Kom as boxer makes Olympic cut again

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Indians hailed boxer Mary Kom after the six-time world champion qualified for Tokyo 2020 on Monday in what is likely to be her last bid for Olympic gold in an illustrious career.

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

The pair squared off in a tight first round before Kom’s experience saw her comfortably take rounds two and three with a strong 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 makes #india proud,” one fan tweeted.

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