Indian boxer MC Mary Kom (51kg) advanced to the semifinals of the World Women’s Boxing Championships and assured herself of an eighth medal in Ulan Ude.
The six-time champion defeated Ingrid Valencia of Colombia with a unanimous 5:0 verdict in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
With this, Mary Kom bettered her own record as the most successful boxer in the history of the marquee tournament.
Seeded third, Mary will next face second seed Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey on Saturday, 12 October.
Having won six golds and a silver in her eight appearances at the championships, this is the 36-year-old boxer first world medal in the 51kg division.
Earlier in the tournament, the third-seed Indian had triumphed 5-0 against Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong in the last-16 stage after getting a bye in the opening round.
Mary Kom’s incredible career is also studded with an Olympic bronze medal (2012), five Asian titles, gold medals at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, besides numerous other international top finishes.
This year alone, she won gold medals at the India Open in Guwahati and President’s Cup in Indonesia. Mary had switched to the 51 kg in May this year, and bagged golds at the India Open and President’s Cup. She is also a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha.