Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, is an Indian boxer
belonging to 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.
In 2014 a film
directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was made based on
the life of five-times female World
Boxing Champion and Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom, following her story from
her childhood in India to her victory at the 2008 World Boxing Championships in
Ningbo City.. The film stars Priyanka Chopra in the lead role as the boxer Mary
Her autobiography, Unbreakable, was co-authored
by Dina Serto and published by Harper Collins in late 2013. In 2014,
Mary Kom’s career started in 2000 after her victory in
the Manipur state women’s boxing championship and the regional championship in
West Bengal. In 2001, she started competing at international level. She was
only 18 years old when she made her international debut at the first AIBA
Women’s World Boxing Championship in United States, winning a silver medal in
the 48 kg weight category. In 2002, she won a gold medal in the 45 kg weight
class at the second AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Turkey. She also
won a gold medal in the 45 kg weight category at the Witch Cup in Hungary in
the same year.
In 2003, Mary Kom won a gold medal in the 46 kg weight
class at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in India and in 2004 she won a
gold medal at the Women’s Boxing World Cup in Norway. In 2005, she again won a
gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Taiwan and the AIBA
Women’s World Boxing Championship in Russia both in the 46 kg weight class. In
2006, she won a gold medal at the Venus Women’s Box Cup in Denmark and won gold
again at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in India.
The 2012 London Olympics brought her more respect and
honor as she became the first Indian women boxer to qualify and win a bronze
medal at the Olympics. She took part in the 51 kg weight category and also
became the third Indian woman to win an individual medal at the
Olympics. In 2010, Mary Kom won a gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing
Championship in Kazakhstan and her fifth consecutive gold medal in the AIBA
Women’s World Boxing Championship in Barbados. She competed in the 48 kg weight
class because AIBA had discontinued using the 46 kg class. She also
participated in the 51 kg weight class at the Asian Games and won a bronze
In the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi, India.
She had the honor of holding the Queen’s Baton along with Vijender Singh for
the opening ceremony run in the stadium. However, she did not compete as
women’s boxing event was not included in the Games. In 2011, she won a gold
medal in the 48 kg weight class at the Asian Women’s Cup in China. In 2012, she
won a gold medal in the 51 kg weight class at the Asian Women’s Boxing
Championship in Mongolia.
She won her first Gold Medal in the Asian Games in
2014 in Incheon, South Korea.
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