Mary Kom is an Indian professional boxer who hails from Manipur. She has won more than a dozen gold medals for her country in different events like World Championships, Asian Games and Asian Championships to name a few. Marry Kom is the only woman to become the World Amateur Boxing Championship for a record six times. Marry Kom was the first woman to win a gold medal in the Asian Games 2014. Marry Kom is also the first Indian boxer to win gold at 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Mary Kom Early Life
Indian boxer, Mary Kom hailed from Churchandur district of rural Manipur in India. She was born to Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom. Mary belonged to a very poor family. Her mother and father worked in jhum fields as tenant farmers. It is also understood that Kom’s father was also a wrestler in his younger days.
She did her schooling at the Loktak Christian Model High School at Moirang up till the sixth standard, after which she attended St. Xavier Catholic School for two years till class VIII.
During this time, a fellow Manipuri named Dingko Singh won a gold medal in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. She drew a lot of inspiration from him and decided to try his luck in Boxing. Post Class VIII, Mary moved to Admijati High School to pursue her further studies, however, having failed to clear the matriculation exam, Mary quit her school and decided to give her exams from NIOS, Imphal. She later pursued her graduation from Churachandpur College.
Since childhood, Marry Kom’s life had been deeply invested in sports. She used to play football, volleyball. She also had a keen interest in athletics, especially javelin and 400 metres running.
Mary Kom Professional Life
At 15, she left her home to study at the Sports Academy in Imphal. Marry Kom started training professionally under her first coach K. Kosana Meitei in Imphal. She then started practicing under Manipur State Boxing Coach M. Narjit Singh. Mary Kom took to a two year sabbatical from the sport during the initial period of her marriage but after giving birth to her first two children, she resumed training.
In 2008, she won a silver medal at the 2009 Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in India followed by a fourth successive gold medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in China. The year 2010 saw her winning gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan.
In 2014, She became the first woman boxer to win a gold medal at the Asian Games, held at Incheon, South Korea. She beat Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova in the finale.
Mary Kom Personal Life
Mary Kom was born to Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom. She married to a footballer named Karung Onkholer. Mary and her husband first met in a train in 2000 which saw them becoming friends. The couple dated for four years after which they tied the knots in 2005.
- Mary Kom was awarded the first AIBA Legends awards for “promising boxing career by The International Boxing Association.
- The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced Mary Kom as the brand ambassador for 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
- Mary Kom was honoured with Padma Bhushan award in 2013.
- She won the Arjuna Award in 2003.
- Mary Kom was given Padma Shri award in 2006 for her contribution to the sport for the nation.
- She was honoured with CNN-IBN and Reliance Industries’ Real Heroes Award in 2008.
- She won the Pepsi MTV Youth Icon in 2008.
- Mary Kom was awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2009..
- She was awarded the Sportswoman of the year 2010 at the Sahara Sports Award.
Mary Kom Achievements
- She won gold at AIBA Women’s World Championships in the year 2002.
- Mary Kom won the gold medal in Witch Cup in 2002.
- She won the gold medal in Asian Women’s Championships, held in Hisar in the year 2003.
- She won the gold medal in Women’s World Cup, held in Norway in the year 2004.
- Mary Kom won the gold medal in Asian Women’s Championships in the year 2005 and silver in 2008.
- She bagged the gold medal in AIBA Women’s World Championships in 2005 and 2006.
- Mary Kom won the gold medal in Venus Women’s Box Cup in the year 2006.
- She bagged a gold medal in Asian Women’s Championships in the year 2008 and 2010.
- She bagged gold in Asia’s Women’s Cup in 2011, held in China.
- Mary Kom won the gold medal in Asia Games in 2014, held in South Korea.
- Mary Kom won the gold medal in Commonwealth Games in 2018, held in Gold Coast, Australia.
Height: 5’2 Inches
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Full Nmae: Magnte Chungneijang Mary Kom
NICickname: Magnificent Mary
World Ranking: 1
Hometown: Imphal, Manipur
Occupation: MP, in India’s upper house, Rajya Sabha
Mary Kom Net Worth
Indian female boxer, Mary Kom’s net worth is unknown.
Mary Kom Controversy
Mary Kom has not found herself in any controversy in her career.