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Mary Kom secures 8th Worlds medal, enters semifinals

File photo: Mary Kom celebrates the defeat of Ukraine's Hanna Okhota by a unanimous decision in the 48kg final at the 2018 Worlds. Cameraworxpix

Six-time champion M C Mary Kom on Thursday assured herself an unprecedented eighth medal at the World Women's Boxing Championship after advancing to the semifinals of the 51 kg event at Ulan-Ude, Russia.

Mary defeated a spirited rival in Colombia's Valencia Victoria, fetching a unanimous 5-0 verdict to make the last-eight stage, in the process bettering her own record as the most successful boxer in the history of the marquee tournament.

Before this edition, she had won six golds and a silver, but this is the first time the Manipuri has secured a world medal in the 51kg category. She had only reached the quarterfinals once previously in this division in the past.

This continues the good form she's shown all year, having won gold medals at the India Open in Guwahati and President's Cup in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Manju Rani secured a 4-1 comeback win over the top seed Kim Hyang Mi, ensuring a second medal for India.