Mary Kom becomes world number 1 in AIBA rankings

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MC Mary Kom, who recently won the record sixth world title, has gained the number one position in the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) latest world rankings.

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The diminutive Manipuri became the most successful boxer in world championships’ history when she claimed the 48kg category top honours in November last year in Delhi.

In the updated rankings put out by AIBA, Mary Kom is placed top of the charts in the weight division with 1700 points.

The 36-year-old will have to jump to 51kg in pursuit of her 2020 Olympic dream as 48kg is not yet included in the Games roster.

The mother-of-three enjoyed a stellar 2018, picking up gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and a tournament in Poland. She also won silver at the prestigious Strandja Memorial in Bulgaria.

Following her was former world champion L Sarita Devi at the 16th spot.

India Open gold-medallist and world bronze-winner Lovlina Borgohain took the fifth position in the 69kg category.

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