New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: 'Magnificent Mary' aka Mary Kom, is nothing less than an inspiration for everyone who wants to chase his or her dreams. Officially born on March 1, 1983, the boxing champion is so special because she started practicing the sport after giving birth to her twin baby boys Khupneivar Kom and Rechungvar Kom. Yes, that's not all she even went on to win a lot of tournaments and carved her name in the list of some of the best sportspeople in India. So, on her 38th birthday today, here we are with a few interesting and lesser-known facts about the star boxer. 

- Mary Kom is the only boxer to become an Asian Amateur Boxing Champion for a record six times.

- As per the updated rankings of AIBA, Mary Kom has topped the chart in the weight division with 1700 points.

 
 
 
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- Mary Kom is the first Indian female boxer to win a gold medal in the Asian Games in 2014.

- Mary Kom is the first Indian female boxer to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

- Mary Kom is the only Indian female boxer to qualify and won a bronze medal for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category.

- Mary Kom has won a silver in the inaugural edition in 2001 and then went on to win a gold each in the next five editions - 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

 
 
 
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- Mary Kom has a road named after her in Imphal West District, where she currently resides.

- Mary Kom is a high school drop out. She completed her education at NIOS.

- Mary Kom did not tell her parents before she started her training in boxing as her father was worried that the game would destroy her face.

- Mary Kom runs her own academy for boxing called Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation in Manipur. She has taken up the initiative to provide free training to several underprivileged girls.

Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv