The star female pugilist from India defeated North Korea's Kim Hyang Mi in the final at Ho Chi Minh City.
It was the first international gold for Mary Kom, the five-time world champion and an Olympic bronze medallist, ever since she won a gold at 2014 Asian Games. This was her first medal in over a year.
Mary Kom prevailed in a unanimous 5-0 verdict to claim the gold medal.
With today's gold, she kept her excellent record at this event intact, having made the final in all of her six appearances with only one ending in a silver. Mary Kom's previous gold medals at this meet had come in 2003, 2005, 2010 and 2012.
"I am really happy the way this Championship has panned out. I would like to dedicate this victory to all those who have supported me even though the world had written me off. I would like to thank my coaching staff who worked hard with me over the last few months," said the 35-year-old Manipuri after the triumph.
In Hyang Mi, she found her most aggressive opponent so far in the tournament but she was up for the task. Unlike her previous bouts, in which the opening three minutes were invariably spent measuring up the rival, both the boxers were lunging at each other within seconds of the bell going off.
Mary Kom's historic feat elated every sports lover in the country and they took to their respective Twitter handles to congratulate the champion boxer.
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including several politicians, to former cricketers, everyone took to Twitter to hail the achievements of Mary Kom.
Here's how she was congratulated on the social media:
Congratulations Mary Kom for clinching the gold at the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships. India is elated at your accomplishment. @MangteC— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 8, 2017
Congratulations @MangteC on your stupendous victory in the #AsianBoxingChampionships. The entire nation is proud of your marvelous feat as it will go a long way in inspiring our budding sportspersons. pic.twitter.com/bHYfdJzaQP— Ministry of WCD (@MinistryWCD) November 8, 2017
5 times world champion— Rony Rajput (@rony_rajput123) November 8, 2017
5 times Asian champion
1 bronze medal in Olympic.
Yes She deserves #BharatRatna.
Give #BharatRatna award to our Indian legend #MC_Marikom.
She makes India proud again.#AsianBoxingChampionships pic.twitter.com/C86BOcqDoD
Congratulations @MangteC on your valiant victory in #AsianBoxingChampionships & for bringing home your fifth gold medal. You are an embodiment of women empowerment in every sense of the term & inspiration to all who dare to dream. pic.twitter.com/EJfKL4Pnbd— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) November 8, 2017