LONDON, Aug 6 � M C Mary Kom today created history as she assured India its fourth Olympic medal after winning her quarterfinal boxing bout against Maroua Rahali of Tunisia by 15-6 margin in the women�s 51 kg category here today, reports PTI.
The five-time world champion and the face of women�s boxing in India for the past decade has now been assured of at least a bronze medal in the inaugural edition of women�s boxing in the Games. She will also be the third Indian woman after Karnam Malleswari and Saina Nehwal to win an Olympic medal.
Who enjoys iconic status in the North-East India, and the performance of the 29-year old Manipuri woman is mother of twin boys will surely encourage many more from the region to take up the sport.
�Magnificent Mary�, as she is known in the boxing fraternity, fought in a calculative manner as she used the first round to sort out her Tunisian opponent and then slowly upped the ante in the subsequent three rounds.
The first round was a quiet affair with Mary gaining a slender 2-1 lead. A couple of meaty blows in the second round helped her increase the lead to 5-3.