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Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, (born 1 March 1983), also known as MC Mary Kom, Magnificent Mary or simply Mary Kom, is an Indian boxer belonging to Kom tribal community of north-eastern state of Manipur.[1] She is a five-time World Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.[2] She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal.[3] She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women's Ranking Flyweight category [4] On November 30, 2012 Election Commission of India made her one of its "national icons".[5] Early life and family

Mary Kom was born in Kangathei, in Churachanpur district of Manipur. Her parents, Mangte Tonpa Kom and Mangte Akham Kom, worked in jhum fields.[6] She completed her primary education from Loktak Christian Model High School, Moirang, up to her class VI standard and attended St. Xavier Catholic School, Moirang, up to class VIII. She then moved to Adimjati High School, Imphal, for her schooling for class IX and X, but could not pass her exam. She did not want to reappear for her exams so she quit her school and gave her examination from NIOS, Imphal and graduation from Churachandpur College.[1] Although she had a keen interest in athletics from childhood, it was the success of Dingko Singh that inspired her to become a boxer in 2000.[7] She is married to K Onler Kom and has twin sons, Rechungvar and Khupneivar.[8][9] Return to boxing

After a two-year break, she won a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women's Boxing Championship in India[10] and a fourth successive gold medal at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in China,[11] followed by a gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam.[citation needed][10] In 2010, Kom won the gold medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan,[10] and at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in Barbados, her fifth...
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