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Mary Kom

Sports | 8-14 yrs | Interactive

Mary Kom Profile and Biography

Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, or simply Mary Kom (1983 – ) is a boxer from the Indian state of Manipur. The 5 time gold medalist in the World Boxing championships is also a mother of two. Mary was previously a track and field athlete but switched to boxing after being inspired by the success of fellow statesperson and boxer Dingko Singh.

Kom was born to a poor Manipuri family in Kangethei to farmer parents. Although she was unable to pass her 10th grade board exams, Kom’s determination led her to complete her degree with the National Institute of Open School. At first Mary hid her interest in boxing from her parents who didn’t consider the sport fit for women. A year after starting to train Mary competed at the Womens World Boxing Championship and snagged a silver medal. The next year she moved on to gold and has consistently brought home a medal in almost all the competitions she has entered since.

The story of Mary Kom, from the sleepy part of the Indian northeast, is one that inspires the nation. Her commitment to excellence and to her twin sons Rechungvar and Khupneivar is a story that will go down in history. After almost not qualifying for a place on the Indian Olympic team for women’s boxing Mary hopes to continue her winning past and do herself and her country proud.

Mary Kom’s Events

  • Women’s flyweight

Mary Kom’s is the daughter of farmers who practice jhum farming. This is the local name for slash and burn farming. Can you find out what that is?

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