Mary Kom, also known as Magnificent Mary is the pride of India. Mary Kom is a female Indian boxer who was born in 1983 in Churachanpur in the state of Manipur. She has made India proud with her remarkable contributions to Indian sports and with her extraordinary achievements in this field.
Mary Kom was fond of boxing since she was a child. She achieved mastery over boxing through her passion and dedication towards the sport. But her family was not aware of her interest until she won Manipur State Boxing Championship in 2000.
At the age of eighteen, Mary Kom started playing at the international level. She was the only Indian woman to have qualified for the Summer Olympics of 2012. She was also the first Indian woman boxer to win a Gold Medal in 2014 in the Asian Games held in South Korea.
She has won fourteen gold medals, one silver medal and three bronze medals till date. She is a five-times World Boxing Championship by becoming the only Indian woman to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.
A movie entitled ‘Mary Kom’ was made as a biopic of Mary Kom where the actress Priyanka Chopra played the lead role, Mary Kom. The movie was a tribute to her as a popular sportswoman for her outstanding achievements.
Mary Kom was honoured with Padma Shri (Sports) in 2006 and Padma Bhushan in 2013. In 2009, she was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. She was also nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha by the President of India.