Mary Kom has done it again. Adding to her list of countless achievements, this supermom from Manipur has now become the number one female boxer in the world. According to the latest rankings of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), Mary Kom has bagged the numero uno position in the light-fly 48 kg weight division with 1,700 points.
This past year has been a solid one for Mary. First, she grabbed the gold at the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, and then she ended the year on a high with her sixth World Championship win in New Delhi. She also bagged the gold in Silesian Open Boxing tournament in Poland.
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A proud moment for Indian sports.
Congratulations to Mary Kom for winning a Gold in the Women’s World Boxing Championships. The diligence with which she’s pursued sports and excelled at the world stage is extremely inspiring. Her win is truly special. @MangteC
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 24 November 2018
But these are just mere stats, and the legend of the Magnificent Mary can hardly be described by the number of golds she’s won. She’s an inspiration. Not only to the women of India–but to every Indian. She’s perhaps the best athlete India has ever produced; and at the age of 36, she’s still gunning for glory.
Although she got a lousy biopic, her journey to stardom is riveting. She came from a small village in Manipur where she was bullied as a kid. Inspired by the 1998 Asian Games gold medallist Dinko Singh, Mary took up boxing to punch her way through misery. Under coach M Narjit Singh, she learned the tricks of the trade; and in 2001, she won silver in her first Women’s World Championships. Since then, there was no looking back for Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte. She has gone on to secure gold in every single World Championships since then.
Of course, there was the Olympic bronze in 2012 in London in the middle.
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Then again, Mary Kom’s story isn’t just about these achievements. It’s about a woman fighting against the odds — society, norms, politics, corrupt associations. Add to that, being a mother to three young kids.
Now, Mary and her husband run an academy where she trains young boxers to ensure that they are equipped with all the facilities that she was deprived of while she was growing up. Although the academy began in her hometown of Imphal, it has now reached other parts of the country as well.
In one of her previous interviews, Mary had said: “We do not just deal with sports/boxing, but also education and personality development activities, which eventually empowers students to the core. This will also inspire and influence the women in the country and make them realize that they are very much capable of doing what men can.”
Mary got us the gold, but she didn’t stop there. She’s at it, fighting hard to train young minds, and prepare them for bigger fights. As an athlete, Mary Kom is beyond par excellence. As a woman, she’s invaluable. She’s the biggest inspiration that any Indian girl can have. Even married women, who feel their lives have come to a grinding halt, should take a leaf out of Mary’s life — if a mother-of-three at 36 can, so can you! Age and maternity can’t be a roadblock if you really want to achieve something.
More respect to you, Magnificent Mary!