Mary Kom Biography – Winner of six World Amateur Boxing Championships, MC Mary Kom is also the only Indian female boxer to have won a medal at the Olympics. She won a bronze medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, United Kingdom. This boxing sensation from India is one of the best players to have ever graced the game and holds multiple titles to her name. Here are some truly inspiring facts about her that you may not know. Let’s have a look at the Mary Kom biography, life, career, achievements and records.
Mary Kom biography, life, career, achievements and records
- She was born into an extremely poor family and worked in the fields helping her parents. Surprisingly she never played boxing as a child but took an avid interest in football, hockey, and athletics. She switched to boxing after being inspired by Dingko Singh.
- She had a tough journey at the beginning of her career as she wasn’t encouraged by people too much who considered boxing a men’s game. When I decided to take up boxing, I had to hide it from my parents at first—boxing is not considered a lady-like sport. – Mary Kom. She had to hide her training from her parents and was asked by her father to give up the sport when he got to know.
- Her grit and determination paid off when she won the Best Boxer Award at the First State Level Invitation at the women’s boxing championship in Manipur. She dominated the national tournaments from thereon.
- Announced herself on the world stage after winning the AIBA world boxing championship in 2002. This is one of her most famous achievements. She went on to win the championship in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2018.
- She became the first Indian female boxer to qualify for and win a medal in the Olympics after she won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics held in London, UK.
- Mary also became the first Indian woman to win gold at the Asian Games which she won in 2014 in Korea.
- She also won one silver (2001) and one bronze (2019) in World Championships.
- Mary won one bronze (2010) and one gold (2014) in Asian games. She also has 5 Gold (2003, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2017) and 1 silver (2008) from Asian Championships in her kitty.
- Mary Kom has been awarded several national awards, starting from Arjuna Award in 2003, Padma Shri in 2006, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award 2009, Padma Bhushan in 2013 and Padma Vibhushan in 2020.
- In 2014, a biopic movie was released about the life of Mary Kom with Priyanka Chopra playing her role. The movie went onto become a huge success.
Mary Kom has been a source of inspiration for many young girls.
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