President congratulates Mary Kom

Updated: Aug 10, 2012, 02:54 AM IST

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday congratulated Mary Kom on winning the bronze medal in women`s boxing at 2012 London Olympics.

"I am extremely delighted to know that you (Kom) have won the bronze medal in Women`s Boxing in the fly-weight 51kg at the London Olympics," Mukherjee said in a statement.

"This is a great achievement and should inspire women as well sportspersons throughout the nation," the statement read.

"I would like to extend to you (Kom) my congratulations and best wishes for further success," it added.

Mary Kom created history by becoming the country`s first woman boxer to win a medal at the Olympics.

Mary Kom, however, Wednesday had to settle for the bronze as she went down fighting in her 51kg semi-final bout against local favourite Nicola Adams.

The 29-year-old Manipuri also became only the second Indian boxer after Vijender Singh to win an Olympic medal. Vijender got a bronze in Beijing fours years ago.

Buoyed by the presence of British Prime Minister David Cameron and star professional boxer Amir Khan, second-seed Nicola put on a flawless performance while beating the Indian 11-6 at the packed ExCel Arena.

IANS