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Name HMANGTE Chungneijang Mery Kom
NOC IND - India India Date of Birth 01 MAR 1983
Residence Gender Female
Height 158 cm Weight - kg
Discipline Boxing

Boxing

BiographiesResult
Start Date Start Time Event Results Decision W/L Opponent
Name NOC
01 OCT 2014 15 : 01 Women's Fly (48-51kg) Final 2 : 0 Win SHEKERBEKOVA Zhaina KAZ - Kazakhstan KAZ
30 SEP 2014 14 : 00 Women's Fly (48-51kg) Semifinal 3 : 0 Win Le Thi Bang VIE - Vietnam VIE
28 SEP 2014 14 : 14 Women's Fly (48-51kg) Quarterfinal 3 : 0 Win SI Haijuan CHN - China CHN
27 SEP 2014 14 : 47 Women's Fly (48-51kg) Round of 16 3 : 0 Win KIM Yeji KOR - Korea, Republic of KOR

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocation
Olympic Games
3Fly (52kg)2012London, GBR
World Championships
1Light Fly (46-49kg)2010Bridgetown, BAR
1Pinweight 45kg2002Antalya, TUR
World Ranking
5Fly (52kg)2014

Detailed Information

Biography
Nickname Magnificent Mary (thehindu.com, 04 Apr 2012)
Hobbies Martial arts. (Facebook page, 04 Apr 2014)
Occupation Athlete, Police Officer
Higher education Manipur University, India
Spouse & Children Husband Onler, twin sons Rechungvar and Khupneivar, third son Prince Chungthanglen
Languages Spoken Hindi, English
Club Mary Kom Boxing Academy, India
Coach L. Ibomcha Singh; M. Narjit Singh; L.Kishan Singh; Charles Atkinson; Dahayal Sagar Mal [national] (Facebook page, 04 Apr 2014; in.com, 10 Sep 2014)
Plays Right (kanglaonline.com, 05 Oct 2010)
Other Sports She originally trained in athletics, competing in the 400m sprint and javelin. (wban.org, 06 Feb 2008)
International debut 2001 for India, against Hulya Sahin, World Championships (Scranton, PA) (wban.org, 06 Feb 2008)
Injuries In September 2013 she had surgery to remove stones from her gallbladder. (ibtimes.co.in, 11 Sep 2013)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
She began boxing in 2000 in Manipur, India. (mcmarykom.com, 25 Nov 2013; wban.org, 06 Feb 2008)

Reason for taking up this sport
She gained an interest in boxing after Dingko Singh, a boxer from her village, returned from the Asian Games with a gold medal. She also thinks sport is good for her health. (mcmarykom.com, 25 Nov 2013; Athlete, 22 Nov 2010; wban.org, 06 Feb 2008)

Ambitions
To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (theguardian.com, 16 Jan 2014)

Training
She gets up at 05:30 to train for two hours and then spars in the evening. (bbc.com, 05 Aug 2012)

Most memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (theguardian.com, 16 Jan 2014)

Hero
Indian boxer Dingko Singh. (wban.org, 06 Feb 2008)

Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 22 Nov 2010)

Sporting philosophy / motto
"To be successful, one must have a strong heart." (wban.org, 06 Feb 2008)

Awards
She was named Sportswoman of the Year for 2010 at the Sahara India Sports Awards. (bbc.co.uk, 21 Dec 2010)

She carried the Queen's baton during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (livemint.com, 03 Oct 2010)

In 2009 she won India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. (hindu.com, 29 Jul 2009)

She was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2006 and the Arjuna Award in 2004. (mtvyouthicon.in.com, 23 Sep 2010)

General
SECRET
She kept boxing a secret from her parents until she won the 2000 state championship and her photo appeared in the local paper. "I still remember I was castigated by my father who said that with a battered and bruised face, I should not expect to get married. He was furious that I took to boxing and he did not have the slightest idea about it. But my passion for the sport had got the better of me and I thank my cousins who coaxed and cajoled my father into eventually giving his nod. I'm happy that I did not let anybody down." (wban.org, 06 Feb 2008)

LIFE STORY
She was the subject of a feature film released in September 2014. Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra played the leading role. A biography about her life called 'Unbreakable' was also published in December 2013. "I did not think my life was so interesting. I just hope the film inspires young people to take up sports. Not just boxing, but any sport." (deccanchronicle.com, 15 Sep 2014; indiatimes.com, 12 Sep 2014; theguardian.com, 16 Jan 2014)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has set up the Mary Kom Boxing Academy in Imphal, India. The facility provides free boxing training to underprivileged children. She has also established self-defence programmes for women and a text messaging service that provides safety tips. (indiatimes.com, 12 Sep 2014; theguardian.com, 16 Jan 2014)

TIME-OFF
She spent two years away from boxing to give birth to her twin sons. She returned to the sport in 2008. (AIBA, 23 Sep 2010)

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