Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom also known as MC Mary Kom, is an Indian boxer. She is the only woman boxer who have won five medals in “World Boxing Champion” out of six world championships. She was qualified for the 2012 Olympics, competing in “flyweight 51kgs” category and won the bronze medal. She has also been ranked No.4 AIBA “World Woman’s Ranking Flyweight” category.
The Boxing Queen, Mary Kom was born on 1 March 1983 to Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom. Her grandmother named her Chungneijang, which means “prosperous” in the Kom tribe’s dialect. Between attending school, caring for her younger siblings and playing all kinds of sports including hockey, football and athletics (but not boxing), Mary Kom worked in the fields and helped her parents, both farm hands. Boxer Mary Kom opens about being attacked during her teens feels that it is important for women to be self defensive.
She has done her initial education from Loktak Christian Model High School, Morirang upto 6th class and upto 8th in St. Xavier Catholic School, Morirang, then she continued in Adimjati High School, Imphal but was failed. Later she gave her examination from NIOS, Imphal and graduation from Churachandpur College.
Since childhood Mary Kom was interested in athletics. She took to sports in an effort to provide some financial support to her family as she was brought up in a poor tribal family in Kangathei, Manipur, India. She has struggled alot in her career. She has Inspired by Manipuri boxer Dingko Singh’s gold at the 1998 Asian Games. Without any formal training and money, this ace boxer has won six gold medals at World Championships.
Personal Profile Details
Birth name : Mangte Chungneijang
Famous as : Mary Kom
Nickname : Magnificent Mary
Date of birth : 1 March 1983
Age: 32 years
Height : 5’2″
Weight : 51 Kg
Husband : Karung Onkholer Kom
Children : Rechungvar and Khupneivar
Father : Mangte Tonpa Kom
Mother : Mangte Akham Kom
Brother : Mangte Khupreng Kom
Sister : Mangte Ahan Kom
School : Adimjati High School, Imphal
Graduation : Churachandpur College
Mary Kom will be seen in an animated avatar on India�s first female superhero series, titled Mary Kom Jr. She said,”I think it is time to take more responsibility for the girl child. I want girls to be confident, strong.”
She was inspired by Dingko Singh and became a boxer in 2000. She started her training under the guidence of M. Narjit Singh, who is a State Boxing Coach at Khuman Lampak, Imphal. She also took gold medal in the 46-kg division of the Women’s World Boxing Tournament in Tonsberg, Norway, defeating Derya Aktop of Turkey by RSCO-2 in the semi-final and Xia Li of China by RSCO-2 in the final. She also won the Witch Cup Tournament champion in Hungary in 2004.
Multiple world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M.C. Mary Kom is among the 19 boxers selected for the senior women core group of probables for this year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Mary Kom won the final of the women’s flyweight category (48-51kg) at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Wednesday.
Mary Kom was born to Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom, worked in Jhum fields. Mary Kom is the eldest among three children. She has one younger sister named Mangte Ahan Kom and one younger brother, Mangte Khupreng Kom. Mary Kom was married to Onler Kom. Like other couple they also had a love story. Both were friends for four years and after that they decided to get married. Now the couple has two twin sons, Rechungvar and Khupneivar.
Her struggle did not end with her achievements. Despite several medals in the 46 and 48 kg categories, Mary Kom was forced to put on weight to qualify for the 51 kg class as the world body decided to do away with the lower categories. Mary Kom created history on winning the fifth consecutive AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in Barbados in 2010.
Mary Kom, India’s new darling, recounted of her gruelling rise to glory, for several years during training period in childhood. She was “fighting five years without any good diet. No supplement, no eggs. No breakfast. Just lunch and dinner. Mary’s diet comprised of only veggies and rice. Such were the extreme conditions which made Mary a tough lady who later went on to become the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships, five of which are gold
Olympic bronze-medallist and five-time world champion woman boxer M C Mary Kom’s autobiography ‘Unbreakable’ was released in Imphal College. She hoped the book would inspire people particularly the youth in the state. The autobiography was first released in Mumbai, followed by Bangalore and Delhi and Guwahati. Mary Kom said she would return to the boxing ring soon. She also said the publication of the book was a dream come true and asserted she would help youngsters in shaping the dream of their parents.