Magnificent Mary Kom, very well known an Indian Boxer who has won five times World Boxing championship. She received 6 gold medals(recently received in World’s Boxer Championship and defeating Sonia Chahal which taken place in New Delhi), recently won a gold medal at Vietnam for the light-flyweight category in ASBC Asian Women’s Boxing Championship on 8 November 2017. Let’s see Mary Kom’s life success journey and how she made India proud.
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Mary Kom born on 24th November 1982, Her full name is Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte. She was born and brought up in a poor Manipur family. She has two siblings- one younger brother and one younger sister. She belongs to the tribal community of India’s northeastern state, Manipur.
Her passion for Boxing has commenced since childhood by watching videos of Mohammad Ali boxing on television. She got more inspiration from the male boxer, Dingko Singh who lived in Manipur. The success of Dingko Singh in the 1998 Asian Games ignited the passion of boxing in the Mary Kom’s life. She started her boxing training in 2000, under M Narjit Singh, Manipur State Boxing Coach. Mary Kom tried to keep her boxing interest secret from her family, as her family was in oppose to her boxing. Her family was in solicitude that boxing is not a woman sport. She won the State Level Championship in 2000 itself. When her father saw pictures of her winning State-level Championship in the newspaper, he was still unhappy and showing the disapproval of her boxing interest. Days later Mary made her mind and finally she able to convince her family. After that, there was no looking back.
Mary Kom started boxing at the international level at the age of 18. In 2001, she won the silver medal in her first AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championship at Scranton, USA. But she won the gold medal in the second AIBA World Women’s Senior Boxing Championship in 2002, Antalya, Turkey. Her determination to succeed in the world of boxing won her many medals including a bronze medal in 2012 Olympics.
“I still remember I was castigated by my father who said with battered and bruised face, I should not expect to get married. He was furious that I took to boxing – a taboo for women- and he did not have the slightest idea about it. But my passion for the sport had got the better of me and I thank my cousins who coaxed and cajoled my father into eventually giving his nod. I’m happy that I did not let anyone down.” she told the Deccan Herald in September 2004.
Mary Kom got many titles
- MC Mary Kom
- Magnificent Mary
- Mary Kom
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Mary Kom married early in the year 2005 to her longtime friend Karung Onkholer Kom. Now they have twins as their children. It was then everyone thought that her career is over in sports. But it was never like that. Mary Kom made a classic come back with the great willpower to win and show her talent. She proved that everything is possible if you set your body, mind, heart, and soul into your dream. She started training again and rebuilt her body, stamina, and strength. She silenced the skeptics by winning the Silver medal in the year 2008, Asian games and gold medal at China’s AIBA World Women’s Boxing Championship.
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Mary Kom went on to represent India in Boxing, 51Kg for the first times at the Olympics on 1st October 2014. Kom was only to qualify and she went on to win the Bronze for India. She did not stop here, she won her fifth gold medal in the light-flyweight category of the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship held at Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam on 8 November 2017. It was a proud moment for every Indian. Mary Kom had become an Inspiration to many.
She co-authored her autobiography “Unbreakable”, with Dina Serto and published by Harper Collins in 2013. If you wanted to buy this book, her is the link- http://amzn.to/2kmB1e7
In 2014, biopic movie based on Mary Kom’s life realized on 5th Sep 2014, which is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Priyanka Chopra played the main role of Mary Kom in Mary Kom movie.
On this Saturday, 24th November 2018 Mary Kom wins her sixth Gold medal in Women’s World Boxing Championship by defeating Ukraine’s Hanna Okhata which takes silver. Kom said “I would like to dedicate this win to my country” and she become the most successful boxer in tournament’s history, albeit won the gold medal exactly 16 years after she had won it for the first time.
Awards and Recognitions
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- Arjuna Awards (Boxing) in 2003
- Padma Shri (Sports) in 2006
- People of the Year- Limca Books of Records in 2007
- Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2007
- Pepsi MTV Youth Icon in 2008
- CNN-IBN & Reliance industries’ Real Heroes Award in 2008
- ‘Magnificient Mary’ from AIBA(International Boxing Association) in 2008
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2009
- International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing in 2009
- Padma Shree Sportswoman of the Year 2010, Sahara Sports Award
- Padma Bhushan Award in 2013
- Big Star Most Entertaining Sportsperson of the year in 2014
- Mary Kom Wins sixth gold medal in Women’s World Boxing Championship in 2018.
For success in your career, one needs to be determined and confident enough. If you wanted to achieve certain goals and abilities, you should take up the challenges and pursue them.