"You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get"
Mangte Chungneying, who is generally known as Mary Kom. She is India's best boxer. Mary Kom is a name that resonates patience. From struggling with poverty to playing the multiple roles of a mother, daughter, and elder sister, she achieved much more than the average of us can possibly dream of. Mary Kom always focussed on her strengths. Often her opponents were better equipped and stronger than her, but she focussed on what she was good at and took the best advantage of it.
Mary Kom was born in 1983 in a poor family in Kangathei, Manipur, Western India. Her parents were employed in Mangte Tonpa Kom, jhum area. She eclipsed her primary education locomotive Christian Model High School, Moirang and received high secondary education at St. Svarath Catholic School, Moirang. Afterwards, Mary Com started taking her exams from NIOS itself. Where she graduated from Churachandpur College.
As an eldest sister, Mary always helped her parents work in the fields, cutting woods, making charcoal and fishing. On the other side, she also spent a good time looking after her two younger sisters and a brother.
Mary Kom was interested in athletics since her childhood, and in 2000, Dingko Singh inspired her to become a boxer. She started taking her training from M.Narjeet, who was the boxing coach of the state of Manipur.
Mary had tried to hide her interest in boxing from her family, becuse they did not considered as a sport for them. Her father scolded her when a photo of her winning the state boxing championship came in the newspaper. This, however, did not deter her from pursuing a career in boxing.
Marie Com says - “In our society people used to say that boxing is for men and not for women and I thought I will show them some day. I promised myself and I proved myself”
Marie Com has been a five-time world boxing champion and she is a first woman boxer to have a medal in every 6 world championships. She also known as "the splendid Mary", she the only Indian female boxer who elected in the 2012 Summer Olympics, defeating her rival in the category of 51 kg and won the Bronze Medal.
Marie Com has got the fourth ranking in the world of female wrestler of AIBA. She was the first Indian woman boxer to win gold medal in Incheon, South Korea's Asian Games in 2014.
Personal Life :
Mary was with her husband for the first time in 2001, at that time Mary was preparing for the national play in Lepungab and Olnar. After that, she got married with Ollar Kom in 2005. She also had 3 children. There were also snippets and two twins as well. After she became a parent, people thought her career ended. But Mary believed in her abilities and moved forward. Even early in her career, she had to face so many obstacles, including hunger and gender bias. But all that never deterred her will power.
Mary Kom made many records in the country, not only abroad. And she soon woke her crown of world glitter and illuminated the name of India. Because of being a woman, she had to face severe criticism many times but she kept her entire attention in boxing without paying any attention to it. And finally she became a world champion. In spite of hitting stardom, Kom never forgot those who helped her reach where she is today. She remains ever grateful to her family, coaches, and sponsors who helped her along her journey. Following her success, she did maximum to help her father, siblings, and brother-in-law with it.
Awards and Achievements :
- 3 Asian titles
- 11 National titles under belt
- Arjuna Award
- Padma Shri Award
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
- Special Award from AIBA
- Bronze Medal in Olympics 2012