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Boxing is also one of the sports whose name comes very soon in the mind of Indian sports fans when they hear the name of Olympics. In 2008, Vijender Singh won India’s first medal (bronze) in boxing. On the other hand, Mary Kom’s name comes at the top when it comes to women’s boxing. Mary Kom won the bronze medal for the country at the 2012 London Olympics. She will represent the country in the Olympics for the second time.
Mary Kom is a 6-time world champion and a five-time Asian champion. He has high hopes of winning the medal this time. Mary Kom has expressed her intention by winning the silver medal at the Asian Boxing Championships held in Kazakhstan in May this year. Mary Kom said that I have all kinds of medals, but I still do not have the gold medal that I want.
Mary Kom is the eldest of three siblings
Mary Kom was born in Moirang Lamkhai village of Churachandpur district of Manipur. His parents used to do farming. Mary Kom also used to help her parents with the farming work. Mary Kom was the eldest of three siblings. He has a younger sister and a brother.
Started boxing after being influenced by Dingko Singh
Mary Kom used to do athletics in the beginning. She was a javelin thrower till the school level, but influenced by Dingko Singh’s gold medal win in 1998 Asian Games, she started training in boxing. At the age of 15, he was admitted to the Regional Center of Sports Authority of India in Imphal. After that he trained under the supervision of the coaches there and after that he never looked back.
Mary Kom in Olympics for the first time as an MP
Mary Kom will represent the country in the Olympics for the first time as an MP. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President in April 2016. In 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports appointed him and 2008 Olympic medalist Vijender Singh as observers of boxing.
Won 8 medals in world boxing championship
Mary Kom has won a total of 8 medals including 6 gold in the World Boxing Championship. He won gold medals in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2018. While won silver in 2001 and bronze in 2019.
Won 7 medals in Asian Championship
Mary Kom has won 7 medals in the Asian Championships so far. He won gold medals in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2017. Whereas in 2008 and 2021 she managed to win silver medals.
Two medals in Asian Games
She has won two medals in Asian Games. He won gold medal in 2014 Incheon Asian Games and bronze medal in 2010. While won the gold medal in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.