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Mary Kom Biography

Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, ( born 1st March, 1983 ), also known as MC Mary Kom, Magnificent Mary or simply Mary Kom, is an Indian boxer belonging to Kom tribal community of north-eastern state of Manipur. She is a five-time World Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight ( 51 kg ) category and winning the bronze medal. She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category

Mary Kom was born in Kangathei, in Churachanpur district of Manipur. Her parents, Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom, worked in jhum fields. She completed her primary education from Loktak Christian Model High School, Moirang, up to her class VI standard and attended St. Xavier Catholic School, Moirang, up to class VIII. She then moved to Adimjati High School, Imphal, for her schooling for class IX and X, but could not pass her exam. She did not want to reappear for her exams so she quit her school and gave her examination from NIOS, Imphal and graduation from Churachandpur College.

Although she had a keen interest in athletics from childhood, it was the success of Dingko Singh that inspired her to become a boxer in 2000. She started her training under the close eye of M. Narjit Singh, Manipur State Boxing Coach at Khuman Lampak,Imphal.

She is married to K Onler Kom and has twin sons, Rechungvar and Khupneivar.

In 2012, Sanjay Leela Bhansali confirmed that A Biopic movie will be made for Mary Kom starring Priyanka Chopra in lead role. Movie is to be released somewhere around 2014.
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After a two-year break, she won a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in India and a fourth successive gold medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in China, followed by a gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam.

In 2010, Kom won the gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan, and at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Barbados, her fifth consecutive gold at the championship. She competed in Barbados in the 48 kg weight class, after AIBA had stopped using the 46 kg class. In the 2010 Asian Games, she competed in the 51 kg class – the lowest in the contest – and won a bronze medal. In 2011, she won gold in the 48 kg class at the Asian Women’s Cup in China, and in 2012 took the gold medal in the 51 kg class at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Mongolia.

On 3 October 2010, she, along with Vijender Singh, had the honour of bearing the Queen’s Baton in its opening ceremony run in the stadium for the 2010 Commonwealth Games of Delhi. She did not compete, however, as women’s boxing was not included in the Commonwealth Games.

Olympic Games

Mary, a five-time world champion, had won several medals in the 46 and 48 kg categories. She was forced to shift to this category and gain weight two years ago after the world body decided to allow women’s boxing in only three weight categories—the lowest one being 51 kg.

At the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship, Kom was competing not just for the championship itself but also for a place at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the first time women’s boxing had featured as an Olympic sport. She was defeated in the 51 kg semi-finals by Nicola Adams of the UK ( to whom she would eventually lose in the semifinal of the London 2012 Olympic Games as well ), making this the first year since the championship began that Kom did not win a medal, but did succeed in getting a place for the Olympics. She was the only Indian woman to qualify for boxing event, with Laishram Sarita Devi narrowly missing a place in the 60 kg class.

Kom was accompanied to London by her mother and husband. Kom’s coach Charles Atkinson will not join her at the Olympic Village as he doesn’t possess an International Boxing Association ( AIBA ) 3 Star Certification, which is mandatory for accreditation.

The first Olympic round was held on 5 August 2012, with Kom defeating Karolina Michalczuk of Poland 19-14 in the third women’s boxing match ever to be fought at the Olympics. In the quarter-final, the following day, she defeated Maroua Rahali of Tunisia with a score of 15-6. She faced Nicola Adams of UK in the semi-final on 8th August, 2012 and lost the bout 6 points to 11.

However, she stood third in the competition and garnered her first olympic Bronze medal. Manipur Government decided to award Rs 5 million and two acres of land to Kom in the cabinet meeting held on 9 August 2012. She carried the Indian tricolor during the closing ceremony of the 2012 summer Olympics in London.

Super Fight League

Kom appeared on the final episode of the Super Fight League’s mixed martial arts reality show – SFL Challengers. During this time Kom was in talks with owners Raj Kundra and Sanjay Dutt to work with the SFL in some manner other than being a fighter. On 24 September, the Super Fight League announced that Kom will serve as the SFL’s brand ambassador.

Mary Kom Achievements

YearPlaceWeightCompetitionLocation
2012First51Asian Women\'s ChampionshipsUlan Bator, Mongolia
2012Third51Summer OlympicsLondon, United Kingdom
2011First48Asian Women’s CupHaikou, China
2010First48Women\'s World Amateur Boxing ChampionshipsBridgetown, Barbados
2010First46Asian Women’s ChampionshipsAstana, Kazakhstan
2009First46Asian Indoor GamesHanoi, Vietnam
2008First46Women\'s World Amateur Boxing ChampionshipsNingbo, China
2008Second46Asian Women’s ChampionshipsGuwahati, India
2006First46Women\'s World Amateur Boxing ChampionshipsNew Delhi, India
2006First46Venus Women’s Box CupVejle, Denmark
2005First46Asian Women’s ChampionshipsKaohsiung, Taiwan
2005First46Women\'s World Amateur Boxing ChampionshipsPodolsk, Russia
2004First46Women’s World CupTonsberg, Norway
2003First46Asian Women’s ChampionshipsHisar, India
2002First45Women\'s World Amateur Boxing ChampionshipsAntalya, Turkey
2002First45Witch CupPecs, Hungary
2001Second48Women\'s World Amateur Boxing Championships
Pennsylvania, USA

Mary Kom Awards and recognitions

  • Padma Bhushan ( Sports ), 2013
  • Arjuna Award ( Boxing ), 2003
  • Padma Shree ( Sports ), 2006
  • Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007
  • People of the Year- Limca Book of Records, 2007
  • CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries’ Real Heroes Award 14.4. 2008 Mon
  • Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008
  • ‘Magnificent Mary’, AIBA 2008
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2009
  • International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing 2009 ( TSE 30 July 2009 Thur )
  • Sportswoman of the year 2010, Sahara Sports Award

For the Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics

  • Rupee 50 lakh ( US$77,000 ) cash award from the Rajasthan Government.
  • Rupee 50 lakh ( US$77,000 ) cash award and two acres of land from the Manipur Government.
  • Rupee 20 lakh ( US$31,000 ) cash award from the Assam Government.
  • Rupee 10 lakh ( US$15,000 ) cash award from the Arunachal Pradesh Government.
  • Rupee 10 lakh ( US$15,000 ) cash award from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs ( India ).
  • Rupee 40 lakh ( US$61,000 ) cash award from the North Eastern Council.

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