With the titles to her name and the shower of medals, M.C. Mary Kom needs no introduction. In boxing history, she becomes the first boxer to seal six world championships golds (both in male & female). Mangte Chungneijang is an Indian Olympian Boxer from the northeast state of Manipur, who was born on 1st March 1983. Though she was not excellent in academics, but she did not give up on life. This youngster helps her parents out in the field by day, and at night she sharpens her skills in boxing. Her father was against her initially for taking a sport that mainly for men but she stood on her decision and pursues her dream and makes her parent and the country proud.
After winning in Manipur state women’s boxing championship and the regional boxing championship in West Bengal, she continued to conquer each challenge coming in her way with her never give up attitude. She started her career in 2000; in 2001 she was qualified to compete at the international level. In 2002, she won 2 gold medals first in the 45kg weight category at the AIBA Women’s world boxing championship in Turkey and second in 46kg weight category in Hungary.
After making her mark in the boxing ring, Mary decided to get married in 2005 and become a mother but that never stopped her from chasing the dreams she had. Masculine sport like boxing became more challenging for her after becoming a mother. But she never gave up and between 2002 and 2010 she won World Championship 5 times. She qualified for the Olympic Games in 2012 and became the First Indian Women Boxer to brag a medal at Olympics with a bronze medal. In Asian Games 2014, she becomes the first Indian female boxer to win a Gold medal and she also won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Marykom with 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medal
She has dedicated her blood and sweat towards this sport and for her contribution, the Indian government has awarded her with various awards such as Arjuna Award in 2003, Padma Shree in 2006, and Bharat Bhushan in 2013 and even she is a member of Rajya Sabha. Today she is happily married with her two sons. A movie was also released on her tilted “Mary Kom” in 2014 which beautifully portrayed her real life on reel life by Priyanka Chopra.
India’s iron lady once said, “I am tough because of my background”, so in life our backgrounds have no power which holds us from living our passion. Her inspiring story has brought changes in many people’s lives and especially for girls they’ve come up more in boxing rings with Mary as their idol. She has taught us all that you can excel in any field of your choice with sheer determination and hard work and with her great deeds she will continue to inspire many of the upcoming youngsters.