Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mary Kom Indian Boxer won the bronze medal in Olympics 2012 London

Mary Kom Indian Boxer  won the bronze medal in Olympics 2012 London.  Mary Kom becoming the country's first woman boxer to win a medal at the Olympics when she finished with a bronze in the 51kg event at the London Games Wednesday. MC Mary Kom is turning out to be the cerebral fighter at the London Olympics. Up against the tall and strapping Maroua Rahali from Tunisia, the diminutive Indian used a solid strategy to outpunch her opponent 15-6 and assured herself of a bronze medal.

Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, also known as MC Mary Kom, Magnificent Mary or simply Mary Kom, is an Indian boxer. Mary Kom born on 1 March 1983 in Manipur. Mary Kom 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. She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51kg) category and won the bronze medal. She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women's Ranking Flyweight category.

Mary Kom became only the second Indian boxer after Vijender Singh to win an Olympic medal. Vijender got a bronze in Beijing fours years ago.

The first Olympic round was held on 5 August 2012, with Kom defeating Karolina Michalczuk of Poland 19-14 in the third women's boxing match ever to be fought at the Olympics. In the quarter-final, the following day, she defeated Maroua Rahali of Tunisia with a score of 15-6. She faced Nicola Adams of UK in the semi-final on August 8, 2012 and lost the bout 6 points to 11. However, she stood third in the competition and garnered her first Olympic Bronze medal.

Kom was accompanied to London by her motherand husband. Kom's coach Charles Atkinson will not join her at the Olympic Village as he doesn't possess an International Boxing Association (AIBA) 3 Star Certification, which is mandatory for accreditation.

Mary, a five-time world champion, had won several medals in the 46 and 48kg categories. She was forced to shift to this category and gain weight two years ago after the world body decided to allow women’s boxing in only three weight categories—the lowest one being 51kg.

At the 2012 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship, Kom was competing not just for the championship itself but also for a place at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the first time women's boxing had featured as an Olympic sport. She was defeated in the 51 kg quarter-finals by Nicola Adams of the UK (to whom she would eventually lose in the semifinal of the London 2012 Olympic Games as well), making this the first year since the championship began that Kom did not win a medal, but did succeed in getting a place for the Olympics. She was the only Indian woman to qualify for boxing event, with Laishram Sarita Devi narrowly missing a place in the 60 kg class.

Mary Kom Achievements

Year Place Weight Competition Location
2001 Second 48 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships United States Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
2002 First 45 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships Turkey Antalya, Turkey
2002 First 45 Witch Cup Hungary Pécs, Hungary
2003 First 46 Asian Women’s Championships India Hisar, India
2004 First 46 Women’s World Cup Norway Tønsberg, Norway
2005 First 46 Asian Women’s Championships Taiwan Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2005 First 46 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships Russia Podolsk, Russia
2006 First 46 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships India New Delhi, India
2006 First 46 Venus Women’s Box Cup Denmark Vejle, Denmark
2008 First 46 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships China Ningbo, China
2008 Second 46 Asian Women’s Championships India Guwahati, India
2009 First 46 Asian Indoor Games Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam
2010 First 48 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados
2010 First 46 Asian Women’s Championships Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan
2010 Third 51 Asian Games China Guangzhou, China
2011 First 48 Asian Women’s Cup China Haikou, China
2012 First 51 Asian Women's Championships Mongolia Ulan Bator, Mongolia
2012 Third 51 Summer Olympics United Kingdom London, United Kingdom


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