Everyone knows the name of Mary Kom but not many know the true story behind all the fame. Mary has made millions of Indians proud of her amazing achievements in the Summer Olympics of 2012. Mary comes across as philosophical about all that she has achieved through her career. Here we look at Mary’s achievements and what it has taken her to get past her struggles.
Mary was born Mangte Chungneijang, however, she chose the name Mary when she entered boxing as it was easy for everyone to pronounce it. She was born to a very poor family and her struggles were underlined very early in her life. She used to help her parents financially by helping in the fields. When she was in school, she used to play a number of sports such as athletics, football and hockey. However, the one sport that never caught her interest in school was boxing. It was not until the 1998 Asian Games that boxing caught her attention. In the 1998 Asian Games, Dingko Singh from Manipur won the Gold medal. This served as an inspiration to Mary to take up boxing. Since boxing was considered a masculine sport, it was not considered a sport for a tribal girl to take up. However, this did not discourage Mary. She traveled all the way to Imphal in order to train. Today she teaches boxing to all the youngsters that cannot afford to take it up.
Mary won her first boxing award in 2000 when she was awarded the Best Boxer at the women’s boxing championship help in Manipur. In the Seventh East India Women’s boxing championship that was conducted in West Bengal, Mary went on to win the gold. Between 2000 and 2005, Mary went on to win five National championships.
She won the AIBA world championship of boxing in 2002, 2005 and 2006. She finished runners-up in 2001. She won a silver at the Asian Women’s Championship of Boxing held in 2008. In the same year, she won a gold at the AIBA Women’s World Championship of Boxing that was held in China. This was her fourth consecutive gold medal in this particular championship.
Rising To Glory
Mary then went on to win the gold at the Asian games held indoors in 2009. This was followed by a gold medal in Kazakhstan in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship that was held in 2010. She then went to Barbados and won the gold in the AIBA Women’s World Championship of Boxing for the fifth successive time.
Despite being petite, she went on to compete in the 51-kilogram category and earned a bronze medal. She went to Mongolia and participated in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship and earned the gold medal. This was followed by the coveted bronze at the Summer Olympics in London in 2012. Women’s boxing was featured for the first time in this Olympic and Mary shined with a bronze medal. She went on to win a gold medal at the Asian Games help in 2014 in Incheon.
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