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Mary Kom wins gold in Asiad boxing
By Input from Agencies  Published on: 01-Oct-2014 06:45:31
Place: New Delhi
 
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New Delhi: Legendary Indian boxer, MC Mary Kom captured her first Asian Games gold medal in the women's flyweight (48-51kg) boxing competition in Incheon Wednesday.

Mary Kom wins gold in Asiad boxing Legendary Indian boxer, MC Mary Kom captured her first Asian Games gold medal

Her win came as a huge relief for the Indian contingent following yesterday's heart-breaking lost of team-mate Laishram Sarita.

It is India's first gold medal in women's boxing since it was introduced at the Asian Games in Guangzhou 2010. Mary, a five time World Champion, defeated Kazakhstan's Zhaina Shekerbekova 2-0, with one judge scoring the bout 38-38.

The 31-year-old pugilist from Manipur had already won Asian Championship and an Olympic Bronze medal in the London Olympics.

Mary, who named her autobiography "Unbreakable", has come a long way since growing up as the child of an uneducated labourer in a Manipuri village, constantly being told not to take up boxing because it could ruin her looks.

Mary tried her hand at track and field before settling for boxing, inspired by the gold-medal winning feat of a fellow Manipuri, Dingko Singh, at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.

Her other childhood idols included the legendary Muhammad Ali and his boxing daughter Laila. "I realised women's boxing was a serious sport even if it was not taken seriously in India," she had previously said.

Mary  is one of India's most decorated women having won the country's highest sporting award, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, in 2009 followed by the third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, in 2013.

To ensure the hardships she faced as a young boxer did not discourage others, she started the Mary Kom Boxing Academy in Manipur's capital Imphal which provides free training to underprivileged children.

There is even a Bollywood movie based on her life and Mary earlier said she was amused and taken by surprise when a producer had approached her about the movie.

Interestingly, Priyanka Chopra  - who plays her reel version in the biopic - had wished her luck before her final Asian Games bout.

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