Who would have thought that the short and frail, mother of two would compete in Boxing in the Olympics and even win a medal for India? Well, that is just what
Mary Kom who was christened Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom did.
|Date of Birth||March 1, 1983|
|Parents||Akham Kom,Tonpa Kom|
|Siblings||Chung (high), nei (wealthy) and jang (agile)|
|Spouse||K Onler Kom|
|Childern||Prince Chungthanglen Kom,Rechungvar Kom,Rechungvar Kom|
|Net worth||INR 3.3 Crore|
She made her country proud by being the only Indian Female Boxer who qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics and went on to win a bronze medal in this category.
Education life of Mary Kom
Mary Kom was born in Kangathei in Manipur in 1983 and her parents worked in Jhun fields. She studied in the village school up to eighth standard and then moved to Imphal to study ninth and tenth. However, when she failed in her exams, she dropped out of school and decided to give her matriculation exams privately.
Inclination towards Boxing
From an early age, Mary was quite good in sports. However, when she saw Dingko Singh succeeding in boxing in 2000, she decided to pursue the sport seriously. She enrolled to get trained under the M.Narjit Singh who was the Boxing Coach of Manipur.
A Break from Boxing
In 2001, when Mary Kom was on her way to participate in the National Games, she met Onler who was a law student in Delhi University. They fell in love and eventually got married in 2005.
After marriage, she took a break from boxing to mother her children and to enjoy domesticity.
Back to Boxing
However, her passion for boxing could not keep her away from the rink for a long time. She soon resumed the sport and won a silver medal in Asian Woman’s Boxing Championship in 2008. She also won a gold medal for the fourth consecutive time in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship that was held in China. From 2008 to 2010 she participated in a number of championships and was victorious.
The Great Big Olympic Dream
Up until 2012, Women’s Boxing was not a part of Olympics. When this sport was added to the Summer Olympic of 2012, Mary Kom was thrilled. However, she had to defeat a few competitors at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship 2012, to gain a place in the prestigious games. In spite of tough competition and a near miss, she managed to gain a foothold and was the only woman boxer to qualify from India for the Olympics.
In Olympic 2012, she faced a number of competitors from all over the world and was able to defeat them and reach the semi final. However, here she was defeated by the UK boxer Nicole Adams. But she managed to won a bronze medal which has been one of the biggest achievements of her life along with the numerous other medals.
Awards and Accolades
Apart from being the first ever amateur to have earned more than many professional Indian athletes, Mary Kom has won a number of other awards. These include
- Padma Bhushan for Sports
- Padma Shree for Boxing
- Arjuna Award for Boxing
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna