Who is Mary Kom?

Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmantage, better known as Mary Kom is an Indian Olympic boxer from Manipur. Also, popularly called as ‘Magnificent Mary’, she is the only woman to become World Amateur Champion for a record six times, and also the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships.
Born on 1st March, 1983 in Kangathei village in Manipur, Mary Kom belonged to a poor family and her parents worked as tenant farmers. From her childhood, Mary Kom had always shown keen interest in athletics. Inspired by the success of Dingko Singh, who had won gold at the Asian Games, Kom started her training under her first coach K. Kosana Meitei and then later under M. Narjit Singh, Manipur State Boxing coach.
Mary Kom has made the country proud at various events and also has many achievements to her credit. She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She had also been ranked No.1 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Light Flyweight category. She became the first Indian boxer to get a Gold Medal in Asian Games in 2014 at Incheon, South Korea and is also the first Indian woman boxer to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Mary Kom’s autobiography, titled ‘Unbreakable’, co-authored by Dina Serto was published in 2013. In 2014, a biographical film, titled Mary Kom, directed by Omung Kumar was released, in which Priyanka Chopra played the main lead. Kom has many awards and titles to her credit. From the very prestigious Arjuna Award to Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to only name a few. Kom also has an academy of her own by the name of Mary Kom- SAI Boxing Academy where thousands of aspirants are trained and encouraged in achieving their dream in boxing.

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