Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte, popularly known as Mary Kom, has once again proved her doubters wrong by winning record-breaking 8th World Championship medal this week.
Nicknamed Magnificent Mary, Kom is a perfect role model for budding boxers. With her sheer determination and hard work, she broke the stereotypes and won medals as a mother of twins. The 36-year-old boxer has won world medals when women’s boxing was not included in the Olympics. Kom is the only boxer to win eight World Championship medals.
On October 12th, 2019, Kom settled for bronze after losing her bout against Turkish pugilist Busenaz Cakiroglu at World Women’s Boxing Championships in Ulan-Udem, Russia, who was a dominant opponent all through. She lost 1-4 to the reigning European Championships and European Games gold-medalist.
Though the Indian champ raised the yellow card to challenge the decision to the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) technical committee, it was rejected. A dejected Kom questioned the referee’s decision and took to Twitter and shared the entire match’s video. Lauding Kom, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said that losing the semifinal with split points is not a failure.
Indeed. Kom had previously fought in the 46 and 48 kg categories. She shifted to the 51 kg category after the world body decided to allow women’s boxing in only three weight categories eliminating the lower weight classes. With every game, she has bettered. Every time, she set the ring on fire. Every time, she proved her critics wrong who questioned her capabilities.
A decorated sportsperson and a Rajya Sabha MP, Kom has succeeded to turn the spotlights on boxing in a cricket-crazy nation. For the last two decades, Kom has proved what you can achieve if you are focused.
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