Mary Kom

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M C Mary Kom
Mary Kom - British High Commission, Delhi, 27 July 2011.jpg
Kom speaking at the British High Commission in Delhi, 2011
Personal information
Full name Chungneijang Mary Kom
Nickname(s) Magnificent Mary
Nationality Indian
Born (1983-03-01) 1 March 1983 (age 31)
Kangathei, Manipur, India
Residence Imphal, Manipur, India
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight 51 kg (112 lb)
Spouse(s) K (Karung) Onkholer Kom
Sport
Country India
Sport Boxing (Rated at 46kg, 48kg, 51kg)
Coached by M. Narjit Singh, Charles Atkinson

Chungneijang Mary Kom[1] (born 1 March 1983), also known as MC Mary Kom, Magnificent Mary or simply Mary Kom, is an Indian boxer. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.[2] 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.[3] She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women's Ranking Flyweight category[4]

She launched her autobiography, Unbreakable, at the Forum Mall in Bangalore on 11 Dec 2013. Kom also has started a female-only fight club at Imphal to teach of girls to defend themselves against sexual violence in India.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kom was born in Kangathei, in Churachandpur district of Manipur. Her parents, Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom, worked in jhum fields.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

She is married to K Onler Kom and has twin sons, Rechungvar and Khupneivar.[9][10] They first met in 2001 when Kom was at New Delhi on her way to National Games in Punjab while Onler was studying at Delhi University. They married in 2005 after 4 years of dating.[11]

Return to boxing[edit]

After an eight-year break, she won a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women's Boxing Championship in India[12] and a fourth successive gold medal at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in China,[13] followed by a gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam.[citation needed][12]

In 2010, Kom won the gold medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan,[12] 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.[14] In the 2010 Asian Games, she competed in the 51 kg class - the lowest in the contest - and won a bronze medal.[citation needed] In 2011, she won gold in the 48 kg class at the Asian Women's Cup in China,[citation needed] and in 2012 took the gold medal in the 51 kg class at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in Mongolia.[15]

On 3 October 2010, she, along with Sanjay and Harshit Jain, had the honour of bearing the King's Baton in its opening ceremony run in the stadium for the 2010 Commonwealth Games of Delhi.[16][17] She did not compete, however, as women's boxing was not included in the Commonwealth Games.

Olympic Games[edit]

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.[18]

Kom was accompanied to London by her mother[19] and husband .[citation needed] Kom's coach Charles Atkinson could not join her at the Olympic Village as he didn't possess an International Boxing Association (AIBA) 3 Star Certification, which is mandatory for accreditation.[20]

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.[21][22] In the quarter-final, the following day, she defeated Maroua Rahali of Tunisia with a score of 15-6.[23] She faced Nicola Adams of UK in the semi-final on 8 August 2012 and lost the bout 6 points to 11.[24] However, she stood third in the competition and garnered her first olympic Bronze medal.[25][26][27] Manipur Government decided to award Rs 5 million and two acres of land to Kom in the cabinet meeting held on 9 August 2012.[28] She carried the Indian tricolour during the closing ceremony of the 2012 summer Olympics in London.

Super Fight League[edit]

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.[29]

On 24 September, the Super Fight League announced that Kom will serve as the SFL's brand ambassador.[30][31]

Achievements[edit]

International titles[32]
Year Place Weight Competition Location
2001 Second 48 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships United States Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
2002 First 45 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships Turkey Antalya, Turkey
2002 First 45 Witch Cup Hungary Pécs, Hungary
2003 First 46 Asian Women's Championships India Hisar, India
2004 First 41 Women's World Cup Norway Tønsberg, Norway
2005 First 46 Asian Women's Championships Taiwan Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2005 First 46 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships Russia Podolsk, Russia
2006 First 46 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships India New Delhi, India
2006 First 46 Venus Women's Box Cup Denmark Vejle, Denmark
2008 First 46 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships China Ningbo, China
2008 Second 46 Asian Women's Championships India Guwahati, India
2009 First 46 Asian Indoor Games Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam
2010 First 48 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados
2010 First 46 Asian Women's Championships Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan
2010 Third 41 Asian Games China Guangzhou, China
2011 First 48 Asian Women's Cup China Haikou, China
2012 First 41 Asian Women's Championships Mongolia Ulan Bator, Mongolia
2012 Third 51 Summer Olympics United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
National
  • 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[edit]

For the Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics

Autobiography[edit]

Her autobiography, Unbreakable, was published by Harper Collins in late 2013.[44]

Movies[edit]

In 2012, Sanjay Leela Bhansali confirmed that a biographical film will be made on the life of Kom starring Priyanka Chopra in lead role. The movie is directed by Omung Kumar and would release on September 5, 2014.[45]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Olympian Mary Kom was molested when she was 18". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
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  15. ^ "Mary Kom crowned Asian Champion in Ulanbaatar". 26 March 2012. 
  16. ^ World News. "Mc Mary Kom Aiba Women's World Boxing Championship". About Mary Kom. World News. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
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  18. ^ Times of India (18 May 2012). "Mary Kom qualifies for London Olympics". Times of India. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "London calling for Mary Kom's mom too". The Times Of India. 20 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "Mary Kom's American coach not to be with her at Olympics". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
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  23. ^ "Mary Kom storms into semis, assures India of a medal". The Hindustan Times. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
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  40. ^ Bikash Singh, ET Bureau 9 August 2012, 11.32PM IST (9 August 2012). "London Olympics: Assam announces Rs 20 lakh for Mary Kom - Economic Times". Articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com. 
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  43. ^ "Olympics 2012: Bronze medalist Mary Kom to get Rs40 lakh from NEC - Sport - DNA". Dnaindia.com. 
  44. ^ "Mary Kom's autobiography released by Sushmita Sen". The Times Of India. Dec 16, 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  45. ^ "Biopic on Boxer Mary Kom to release on 5th September 2014". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 

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