Mary Kom speaking at the British High Commission in Delhi, 2011
|Full name||Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom|
1 March 1983 |
Kangathei, Manipur, India
|Residence||Imphal, Manipur, India|
|Height||1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||51 kg (110 lb)|
|Spouse(s)||K (Karung) Onkholer Kom|
|Sport||Boxing (Rated at 46kg, 48kg, 51kg)|
|Coached by||M.Narjit Singh , Charles Atkinson|
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, (born 1 March 1983), also known as MC Mary Kom, Magnificent Mary or simply Mary Kom, is an Indian boxer belonging to Kom 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
Early life and family 
Mary Kom was born in Kangathei, in Churachanpur district of Manipur. Her parents, Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom, worked in jhum fields. She completed her primary education from Loktak Christian Model High School, Moirang, up to her class VI standard and attended St. Xavier Catholic School, Moirang, up to class VIII. She then moved to Adimjati High School, Imphal, for her schooling for class IX and X, but could not pass her exam. She did not want to reappear for her exams so she quit her school and gave her examination from NIOS, Imphal and graduation from Churachandpur College.
Although she had a keen interest in athletics from childhood, it was the success of Dingko Singh that inspired her to become a boxer in 2000. She started her training under the close eye of M. Narjit Singh, Manipur State Boxing Coach at Khuman Lampak,Imphal.
Early career 
Kom initially tried to hide her interest in boxing from her family, since it was not considered a suitable sport for a woman. However, after her victory in the Manipur state women's boxing championship in 2000, her career became public; her father discovered his daughter's achievement through a photograph in a newspaper. After winning the regional championship in West Bengal, Kom began competing at the international level at the age of 18, only a year after she started boxing. Her international debut was at the first AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in the United States, where she won a silver medal in the 48 kg weight category. She followed this with a gold medal in the 45 kg class at the second AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in Turkey in 2002.
In 2003, Kom won a gold medal in the 46 kg class - she would compete in this class for the next three years - at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in India, and was awarded the national Arjuna Award for outstanding sporting achievement. In 2004, she won gold at the Women's Boxing World Cup in Norway, and in 2005 again won gold at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in Taiwan and the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in Russia. The following year, she won gold at the Venus Women's Box Cup in Denmark and the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in India. Her victory in the World Championship was marred by illness; the final had to be suspended in the second round, with Kom leading 19-4.
Return to boxing 
After a two-year break, she won a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women's Boxing Championship in India and a fourth successive 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.
In 2010, Kom won the gold medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan, and at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in Barbados, her fifth consecutive gold at the championship. She competed in Barbados in the 48 kg weight class, after AIBA had stopped using the 46 kg class. In the 2010 Asian Games, she competed in the 51 kg class - the lowest in the contest - and won a bronze medal. In 2011, she won gold in the 48 kg class at the Asian Women's Cup in China, and in 2012 took the gold medal in the 51 kg class at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in Mongolia.
On 3 October 2010, she, along with Vijender Singh, had the honour of bearing the Queen's Baton in its opening ceremony run in the stadium for the 2010 Commonwealth Games of Delhi. She did not compete, however, as women's boxing was not included in the Commonwealth Games.
Olympic Games 
Mary, a five-time world champion, had won several medals in the 46 and 48 kg categories. She was forced to shift to this category and gain weight two years ago after the world body decided to allow women’s boxing in only three weight categories—the lowest one being 51 kg.
At the 2012 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship, Kom was competing not just for the championship itself but also for a place at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the first time women's boxing had featured as an Olympic sport. She was defeated in the 51 kg semi-finals by Nicola Adams of the UK (to whom she would eventually lose in the semifinal of the London 2012 Olympic Games as well), making this the first year since the championship began that Kom did not win a medal, but did succeed in getting a place for the Olympics. She was the only Indian woman to qualify for boxing event, with Laishram Sarita Devi narrowly missing a place in the 60 kg class.
Kom was accompanied to London by her mother and husband. Kom's coach Charles Atkinson will not join her at the Olympic Village as he doesn't possess an International Boxing Association (AIBA) 3 Star Certification, which is mandatory for accreditation.
The first Olympic round was held on 5 August 2012, with Kom defeating Karolina Michalczuk of Poland 19-14 in the third women's boxing match ever to be fought at the Olympics. In the quarter-final, the following day, she defeated Maroua Rahali of Tunisia with a score of 15-6. She faced Nicola Adams of UK in the semi-final on 8 August 2012 and lost the bout 6 points to 11. However, she stood third in the competition and garnered her first olympic Bronze medal. Manipur Government has decided to award Rs 50 lakh and two acre land to Kom in the cabinet meeting held on 9 August 2012. She carried the Indian tricolor during the closing ceremony of the 2012 summer Olympics in London.
Super Fight League 
Kom appeared on the final episode of the Super Fight League's mixed martial arts reality show - SFL Challengers. During this time Kom was in talks with owners Raj Kundra and Sanjay Dutt to work with the SFL in some manner other than being a fighter.
|2001||Second||48||Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships||Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA|
|2002||First||45||Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships||Antalya, Turkey|
|2002||First||45||Witch Cup||Pécs, Hungary|
|2003||First||46||Asian Women’s Championships||Hisar, India|
|2004||First||46||Women’s World Cup||Tønsberg, Norway|
|2005||First||46||Asian Women’s Championships||Kaohsiung, Taiwan|
|2005||First||46||Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships||Podolsk, Russia|
|2006||First||46||Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships||New Delhi, India|
|2006||First||46||Venus Women’s Box Cup||Vejle, Denmark|
|2008||First||46||Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships||Ningbo, China|
|2008||Second||46||Asian Women’s Championships||Guwahati, India|
|2009||First||46||Asian Indoor Games||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|2010||First||48||Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships||Bridgetown, Barbados|
|2010||First||46||Asian Women’s Championships||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|2010||Third||51||Asian Games||Guangzhou, China|
|2011||First||48||Asian Women’s Cup||Haikou, China|
|2012||First||51||Asian Women's Championships||Ulan Bator, Mongolia|
|2012||Third||51||Summer Olympics||London, United Kingdom|
- Gold – 1st Women Nat. Boxing Championship, Chennai 6–12.2.2001
- The East Open Boxing Champ, Bengal 11–14.12.2001
- 2nd Sr World Women Boxing Championship, New Delhi 26–30.12.2001
- National Women Sort Meet, N. Delhi 26–30.12.2001
- 32nd National Games, Hyderabad 2002
- 3rd Sr World Women Boxing Champ, Aizawl 4–8.3.2003
- 4th Sr WWBC, Kokrajar, Assam 24–28.2.2004
- 5th Sr WWBC, Kerala 26–30.12.2004
- 6th Sr WWBC, Jamshedpur 29 November-3.12.2005
- 10th WNBC, Jamshedpur lost QF by 1–4 on 5.10.2009
Awards and recognitions 
- Padma Bhushan (Sports), 2013
- Arjuna Award (Boxing), 2003
- Padma Shree (Sports), 2006
- Contender for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2007
- People of the Year- Limca Book of Records, 2007
- CNN-IBN & Reliance Industries' Real Heroes Award 14.4. 2008 Mon
- Pepsi MTV Youth Icon 2008
- ‘Magnificent Mary’, AIBA 2008
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2009
- International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for Women’s Boxing 2009 (TSE 30 July 2009 Thur)
- Sportswoman of the year 2010, Sahara Sports Award
- For the Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics
- 50 lakh (US$92,000) cash award from the Rajasthan Government.
- 50 lakh (US$92,000) cash award and two acres of land from the Manipur Government.
- 20 lakh (US$37,000) cash award from the Assam Government.
- 10 lakh (US$18,000) cash award from the Arunachal Pradesh Government.
- 10 lakh (US$18,000) cash award from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (India).
- 40 lakh (US$73,000) cash award from the North Eastern Council.
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- Mary Kom – Official Website
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- Mary Kom – Biography
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