Mary Kom: An Unbreakable Supermom Who Always Punches Above Her Weight

Mary Kom is not just a world champion boxer. The 31-year-old Olympic bronze medallist is an inspiration to an entire generation of athletes and not just women.

updated: September 04, 2014 13:30 IST
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World boxing champion MC Mary Kom at an event to raise awareness on womens cancer and cardiac diseases in Gurgaon on Tuesday.


For Mary Kom, there are no boundaries. August 8, 2012, ExCel Arena, London was a historic day in her amazing career. She became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal after losing her (51 kg) semifinal bout against Britain's world champion Nicola Adams. After five world championship gold medals and an Olympic bronze medal, what more can a mother of twins achieve? Sky remains the limit for the 31-year-old.

Soon after London, Mary's thoughts were on the Rio Games in 2016. Is she crazy? After all, age is not on her side and boxing is all about power and reflexes. "Don't count her out", said Mary's husband Onler, a man who wears the gloves outside the boxing ring. (Also read: Mary Kom joins fight against cancer and cardiac disease)

"She's got amazing mental strength. Mary wants to win an Olympic gold. Rio is not impossible," added Onler. In London, Mary, more accustomed to the 46 kg category, had to switch two weight categories to play the Olympics. "Hope they will have the 48 kg class in Brazil," said Onler.

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