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Mary Kom


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Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom revered as Magnificient Mary or simply as Mary Kom, is a Manipurian boxer from India. Born to parents who earned their livelihood by working in jhum fileds, Mary grew up helping her parents in the fields, cutting woods, making charcoal, fishing and babysitting her siblings. Mary showed promise in athletics from a very young age but lacked the support required to nourish the talent. Her first public victory in boxing came in the year 2000 when she won the Manipur state women's boxing championship. 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 took home another medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in India, and was awarded the national Arjuna Award for outstanding sporting achievement. She won gold medals in three consecutive years (2004-2006) at separate international boxing events. Two years later she won the fourth successive gold medal at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in China, followed by a fifth one 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 her fifth consecutive gold at the AIBA championship. In 2012, she competed in the women's boxing event in the Summer Olympics, coming in third and garnering her first Olympic medal. SportsPro has rated Mary Kom as the 38th most remarkable athlete in the world. In order to honour the boxer, the lane routing to Manipur Sports Village has been named as Mary Kom Road.
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