(Last Updated on : 08-12-2018)
Mangte Chungneijang Merykom, also popularly known as Mary Kom or MC Mary Kom, is a female Indian boxer
. She is the only boxer to have won the title in each of the six World Championships. She has also been ranked as Number 4 AIBA World Women's Ranking Flyweight category and became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.
Early Life of Mary Kom
Mary Kom was born on 25th November 1982 at Indian state of Manipur. She comes from a very poor family and the main reason she took up boxing as her career was to provide some financial support to her family. Her parents, Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom were tenant farmers who worked in jhum fields.
Career of Mary Kom
Mary Kom started her boxing career in the year 2000 and because she had the urge to learn more, she started to practice along with the boys, and she learned the art quite fast. After confronting success in her first title and becoming Best Boxer at the First State Level Invitation women's boxing championship in Manipur in 2000, Mary Kom went to great heights, winning gold in the Seventh East India
Women's Boxing Championship held in West Bengal
and five subsequent Indian National Championships from 2000 to 2005. She won a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women's Boxing Championship in India and a fourth consecutive 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.
She won the gold medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan in 2010 along with the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in Barbados. In the 2010 Asian Games, she won a bronze medal. In 2011, she won gold medal in the Asian Women's Cup in China. On 1st October 2014, she won her first Gold Medal at the Asian Games held at Incheon, South Korea. On 8th November 2017, she finalized a record of fifth gold medal at the ASBC Asian Confederation womens boxing championships held at Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. In 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mary Kom won the gold medal in Womens light flyweight 48 kg on 14th April. On 24th November 2018, she created a history by being the first woman to win 6 World Championships at the 10th AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, which was held in New Delhi
National Achievements of Mary Kom
Following are the achievements of Mary Kom in national level:
Gold - 1st Women National Boxing Championship- 2001
The East Open Boxing Champ- 2001
2nd Senior World Women Boxing Championship-2001
National Women Sort Meet-2001
32nd National Games- 2002
3rd Senior World Women Boxing Champ- 2003
4th Senior WWBC- 2004
5th Senior WWBC- 2004
6th Senior WWBC- 2005
10th WNBC- 2009
Awards of Mary Kom
In 2015, Mary Kom became the first amateur to surpass several professional athletes in India in earnings, endorsements and awards. Following are the awards of Mary Kom:
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) awarded Mary Kom with the first AIBA Legends awards for "promising boxing career"
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced Mary Kom as the brand ambassador for 2016 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships
Padma Bhushan Award
People of the Year- Limca Book of Records, 2007
CNN-IBN and Reliance Industries' Real Heroes Award 14.4.2008 Mon
Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008
Magnificent Mary, AIBA 2008
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
International Boxing Association's Ambassador for Women's Boxing 2009
Sportswoman of the year 2010, Sahara Sports Award
Personal Life of Mary Kom
Mary Kom is married to the footballer Karung Onkholer and has 3 sons. In 2014, Priyanka Chopra
played the foremost role of Mary Kom in Mary Kom, a biographical film about her life. She is an animal rights activist and supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) India.
International Achievements of Mary Kom: